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Sports and Recreation for the Disabled, 2d ed.

Remember the excitement you felt when opening a new toy catalog? Sports and Recreation for the Disabled excited me the same way. I saw possibilities of activities I used to do and sports I've never done. Physical therapists, occupational therapists, recreational therapists, and physiatrists will be interested in this book. Above all else, this is a book for you and me.

Paciorek and Jones's efforts have meaning if you want to try an adaptive sport or adaptive recreation. "Adaptive" is descriptive of the equipment some of us need as well as changes in rules and attitudes necessary for living and playing after disability.

Most articles focus on specific activities such as bowling, roller skating, football, or skiing. National governing bodies and disabled sports organizations are listed with each article. Books, videos, equipment suppliers, references, and a bibliography are also listed to help you find out more.

Before trying a new sport I recommend talking with a physical therapist, occupational therapist, recreation therapist, or physiatrist. They can evaluate and recommend adaptations for your safe participation. MS can produce rapid changes in symptoms and hidden disabilities, such as fatigue. From personal experience I've learned to briefly educate instructors on what can go wrong for me and what to do about it.

Reviewed by John D. McCarthy, services volunteer coordinator at the Colorado Chapter, and a sports enthusiast. He has lived with MS for 5 years.
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Author:McCarthy, John D.
Publication:Inside MS
Article Type:Book Review
Date:Jan 1, 1995
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