Exercising can sometimes feel like a chore for anyone, but for children with long-term medical conditions, such as cystic fibrosis and cerebral palsy, it is unavoidable – they have to do regular physiotherapy and one of the best ways of getting them motivated is to make it fun.
Sue Hurrell’s nine-year-old daughter Imogen has cerebral palsy and has required physiotherapy all her life. In addition to her daily stretches and training, Imogen swims, cycles and goes horse riding. Hurrell, who lives in Cardiff, says it’s important to make exercise enjoyable and a good physiotherapist has to be inventive and “work with the child to find out what they enjoy doing and set targets”.
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