(In honour of World Down Syndrome Day – 21 March)
Down Syndrome is the most prevalent genetic condition associated with intellectual disabilities, that causes a delay in ones physical and intellectual development. Children with Down Syndrome have a decreased muscle tone, lower motor development and poor cardiovascular capacity.
Physical activity is important to the development of Down Syndrome children, specifically in supporting the development of their musculoskeletal system. This will in turn improve his / her functional capacity for movement, balance and coordination. Physical activity also serves as a platform to stimulate the growth of social skills for Down Syndrome children.
Research has shown that the average life expectancy has increased considerably in this population, and therefore it is important for these individuals to maintain functional capacity, to be able to perform activities comfortably and independently in everyday life.
It is definitely possible to improve physical ability with specialised training programmes for individuals with Down Syndrome. Individuals with Down Syndrome have shown to be very capable in performing exercises, and benefit from regular physical activity.
If you, or anyone you know is living with DS, please contact one of our qualified Biokineticists for assistance with physical activity that can improve your/their quality of life.