4 Powerful Benefits of Participating In Sports for Kids with Special Needs

In this article, we will explore how kids with special needs can reap the physical, mental, and emotional benefits from participating in sports.

Ways to stretch at home

Next, to a massage, one of the most relaxing gifts you can give your body is daily stretching. After a long day sitting at a desk, stretching can help to elongate your muscles and improve their flexibility. If your job involves a lot of standing or walking around, stretching provides an outlet for built-up fatigue and tension.

Stretching is beneficial for children as well since even with recess and gym class, they still spend much of their day sitting at a desk. If your child has a physical disability that limits his or her range of motion or leads to stiff muscles and joints, stretching can help.

Set Goals

As with anything worth doing in life, setting a clear goal will help keep you motivated and moving in the right direction. Know what the purpose of your stretching routine is before you even get started.

Would you enjoy improved back flexibility and less low back pain? Perhaps your son’s goal is to be able to bend over and touch his toes. Your daughter may want to perfect her back bend. Is someone in your family already very flexible and working up to doing the splits?

Clarify your goals and share them so you can cheer for one another. Plan a special way to celebrate when you each achieve those goals.

Choose Stretches that Will Help you Reach your Goals

Once you know where each family member wants to go on their flexibility journey, it’s time to choose the stretches that will get them there. When it comes to choosing stretches and stretching methods, professionals like your child’s physical therapist or one of our trainers at Lions United can help you put together a home stretching routine.

Stretches should be progressively challenging and build on each other. If, for example, your child’s goal is to be able to do the splits, the first stretch they start with won’t be the splits. Instead, they will focus on other stretches with a less extreme range of motion which work to loosen up the hip flexors and other muscles involved in doing the splits. One of these muscles gain flexibility over time; then the body will be ready to start attempting modified split stretches and eventually the splits.

Acknowledge and Celebrate Progress

Stretching teaches us the benefits of perseverance. It rewards us for consistency. Flexibility improvements do not happen overnight. They happen incrementally over time.

Help your child learn to recognize and acknowledge each little bit of progress by setting mini milestones within the overall goal. When your child can reach an inch further than he could when he started, celebrate! Teach him the joys of delayed gratification and the satisfaction that comes from having worked for something.

It is not only the end goal that matters but each day of effort and determination that leads up to that final moment of accomplishment.

Make Stretching A Rejuvenating Event To Look Forward To

Stretching can calm our thoughts and emotions while it relaxes our bodies. Make your home stretching time a dedicated oasis of peace and tranquility. Light a candle, play relaxing spa music, stretch together with your family and make this time a way to reconnect. Whatever you do, allow stretching to become an enjoyable rejuvenating activity that becomes a healthy habit.

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