Sports & Fitness/Wellness
The most recent federal physical activity guidelines recommend children and adolescents participate in at least 60 minutes of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity per day, including at least three days per week of muscle-strengthening, bone strengthening, and vigorous intensity activities (US Department of Health and Human Services, 2018). Only 21% of youth ages 6-19 are meeting physical activity guidelines (Center for Disease Control, 2018). Additionally, children with disabilities demonstrate lower cardiorespiratory fitness, lower muscular endurance, and higher rates of obesity compared to typically developing peers (Murphy & Carbone, 2008). This interactive workshop will explore the methodologies of CrossFit®, focusing on the importance of training constantly varied functional movement at high intensity to facilitate functional outcomes for individuals with disabilities across the lifespan. Participants will practice adapted training techniques, review functional movement standards, and identify practical treatment strategies to promote health and participation in children across a variety of treatment settings (including home, schools, clinic, and community).