In the past, children with cerebral palsy (CP) were excluded from participating in sports. They sat on the sidelines watching the other kids play, but now they are increasingly becoming part of the action.
Disabilities may necessitate adaptations to the rules or gameplay of traditional sports but having a disability like cerebral palsy is no longer a disqualifier for athletic activity.
We now know that participating in physical activities from an early age can be beneficial for children who have cerebral palsy.
The benefits of athletics for persons with cerebral palsy include: