Adaptive Sports in Cerebral Palsy

On #WorldCPDay this year, amid the pandemic, we’ve managed to launch a new rehabilitation facility in association with Karunya MVRC, Palakkad, Kerala, India ( @Karunyamvrc on Twitter )

Kerala State loves Sports, and specially loves Football. We married care for children with Cerebral Palsy and Sports, to setup a one of a kind Adaptive Sports Environment where children would be trained with Physiotherapist’s support by well known Sports Coaches.

Paediatric Orthopaedic Surgeon’s service is also available to assess these children and triage then into various categories from where they can be rehabilitated.

Our Cerebral Palsy Adaptive Sports Team

Ms. Valarmathi- Physiotherapist


Mrs. Valarmathi- Senior Special Educator

Mr. Ravindran – Retd SI and Kerala, Police state and national team Football coach


Ms. Dhanya Ravi- Change Maker, mentor, PwD, National Award winner in the Role Model Category under Empowerment of People with Disability


Mr. Anudarsan – Director , Karunya Medical and Vocational Rehabilitation Center


Dr. Easwar TR Paediatric Orthopedic Surgeon

Karunya MVRC Contact Details


Websitewww.kmvrc.in

Address: Karunya, Chenkol, Karingarapully, Palakkad 678551
Phone – 9061000101 /8590667698

What is Adaptive Sports ?

Adaptive Sports is a special type of Sports training given to children with special needs by adapting the requirements of sports to the specific difficulty the child faces.

This would often involve some change in rules, some Assistive device support, fall prevention and a completely tailored coaching system to enable the child to play effectively.

Why Adaptive Sports ?

Well known rehabilitation method for Cerebral Palsy is Physiotherapy. Often times children find repeated therapy sessions boring, painful at times and many fall out of care. We’ve seen this happen over the years.

Also, there are several limitations to traditional physiotherapy approach when given as a single rehabilitation modality.

Sports training allows much the same benefits of improved strength, coordination and improvement in function that we get out of Physiotherapy but also improves the quality of Physiotherapy session as the child is a willing participant because of the interest in sports.

What are the special challenges in setting up Adaptive Sports in India ?

Coaching for Adaptive Sports is a patient art and the skill is much in dearth. The Sports coach has to tailor his or her expectation to the unique medical issues of the child and training method is customised accordingly.

Often these children have profound muscle weakness, spasticity ( unusual tightness of the muscles ), contracture, ataxia ( issues with body balance ) and inability to selectively more a body part. These result in delayed improvement a ability to perform in Sports activity. These children need care and support of their team to get ahead.

The coach has to be understanding of all these aspects and train the child.

What have we launched in Palakkad ?

Details about our effort to train children in Adaptive Sports here :

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