Paediatric Gym Group

It is recommended that whenever possible children and youth with disabilities should accumulate 60 minutes of physical activity a day this can be achieved with support and advice from their health care provider.

Our gym groups enable children from nine to sixteen to come together with various disabilities or injuries to work alongside each other with an aim at getting them interested in exercise and showing them that no matter what their disability there are no boundaries when it comes to exercise.

Physical activity provides essential health benefits for children and young people. It helps to contribute to:

  • The development of healthy muscular tissue (bones, muscles and joints) and muscle strength
  • A healthy cardiovascular system (heart and lungs)
  • Neuromuscular awareness (co-ordination and movement control)
  • Maintaining a healthy body weight
  • Psychological well-being such as improving self-esteem and confidence and providing opportunities for social interaction and integration

The sessions are usually run for a block of 6x weekly sessions. We will expect your child to attend all the session.  The session is for 45 min. 

Your child will be assisted around a set exercise circuit incorporating different gym equipment followed by floor-based exercises, gym ball exercises, possible team games and a cool down.

If your child’s physiotherapist feels that these groups will be appropriate and your child meet the set criteria they will refer them into a group for a block with an agreed functional goal for your child to work towards.