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Craig Hospital Cycling - Colorado
15600 W Morrison Rd
Lakewood, CO 80228
United States of America
Participants meet with the Craig Hospital CTRS and Adaptive Adventures staff individually to assess safety, cycling abilities, endurance level, and proper fitting of equipment (upright, tandem, trike or handcycle). Small group treatment sessions will include discussions on benefits of exercise, motivational techniques (i.e. charting progress in time, distance and/or terrain), training and practice on cycling skills, traffic etiquette, safety and dealing with emergencies or mechanical failures. Cycling groups will consist of learning about and engaging in opportunities in the home communities. The goal of the cycling program is for each participant to be at a functionally independent level for participation in community cycling.
Therapeutic Cycling Benefits
- Enhance body image perceptions
- Improve gross/fine motor skills, cooperation skills, coping skills, life satisfaction, mobility, ROM, appetite, strength, locomotion, development
- Increase immune system activity, attention span, mental alertness, conversation skills, participation in age-appropriate activities
- Reduction in social anxiety, pain, blood pressure, depression, tension, reliance on medication, or sleep disturbances, friendships with peers with and without disabilities, parenting skills, bone strength
- Prevent social isolation; Develop/maintain social skills
- Information provided by NCRTA
General Cycling Health Benefits
- Low impact – it causes less strain and injuries than most other forms of exercise.
- A good muscle workout – cycling uses all of the major muscle groups as you pedal.
- Easy – unlike some other sports, cycling does not require high levels of physical skill. Most people know how to ride a bike and, once you learn, you don’t forget.
- Good for strength and stamina – cycling increases stamina, strength and aerobic fitness.
- As intense as you want – cycling can be done at very low intensity to begin with, if recovering from injury or illness, but can be built up to a demanding physical workout.
- A fun way to get fit – the adventure and buzz you get from coasting down hills and being outdoors means you are more likely to continue to cycle regularly, compared to other physical activities that keep you indoors or require special times or places.
- Information provided by Better Health Channel
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