World Cerebral Palsy Day, which takes place every year, aims to ensure that children and adults with Cerebral Palsy (CP) have the same rights, access and opportunities as everyone else in society.
This year the event focused on promoting the benefits of sport and physical activity on the quality of life for people with cerebral palsy and related conditions.
Neuro -physiotherapist Miriam Creeger, co-founder and trustee of the Adult Cerebral Palsy Hub, said: ‘Activity is so important to all adults. We lose one per cent of muscle bulk each year after we turn 40 and for people with CP it won’t take much muscle bulk loss to find getting up from a chair or getting out of the car, more difficult.
‘This might have a huge impact on their life, like taking the kids to school or getting to work. So keeping active and strong is really important.’
‘And physiotherapy has so many ways to assist this poorly supported community whether as a neuro, orthopaedic or MSK physio or within the research world.’