2004S-0170 - Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement, and Modernization Act of 2003, Section 1013: Suggest Priority Topics for Research
FDA Comment Number : EC10
Submitter : Dr. Vinod Sahgal Date & Time: 05/06/2004 07:05:09
Organization : The Cleveland Clinic Foundation
Health Professional
Category :
Issue Areas/Comments
Research Priority for Accessible Sports Therapy
for Children with Disabilities...

Research priority other than 'focus on prescription drugs' is recommended to establish sport activity participation by disabled children as a component of rehabilitation therapy. Participation in accessible sports as therapy will enhance function, independence and personal physical and mental growth of the disabled child. The individual success of the children will reduce family intimidation due to the stigma associated with disability status. Examples of accessible therapeutic sport activities are archery, wheel bowling, horseback riding, indoor gymnastics, swimming, wheelchair races, etc. In general, activities of these types will develop significant medical benefits to the participants by reducing contractures, pressure ulcers, and pneumonia in addition to reduced depression, isolation and psychiatric complications. All these activities can be organized to include inner city, urban and suburban youth with physical and developmental disabilities to enhance their exposure to environments not usually available without organized support. The proposed therapeutic sport activity program should consist of elements of training for participation, mobility safety and transportation to sites of sport therapy, inventory of community resources and development of assistive technology to access sport therapy.

This program will transfer the current medical rehabilitation model to a social model of individual development of self-esteem for valued contribution to society. The program outcome will be measurable by public participation and attendance in competitive therapeutic sport events for disabled children and youth similar to the combination of the 'Little League' and the 'Para Olympics.'...
Submitted by:
Dr. Vinod Sahgal, M.D.
Steven I. Reger, Ph.D., C.P...
Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation