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Jen Lyman talks with cerebral palsy researcher Dr. Theresa Sukal Moulton and Frame Runner manufacturer/vendor David Black of RAD-Innovations about the recreational and adaptive sport of Frame Running. A Frame Runner is an adaptive running frame that looks similar to a bike without pedals which allows individuals with CP to run or walk with minimal to no assistance. They discuss the history of Frame Running, who can participate, how it works, research to support it and how to get involved.
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From FrameRunning.org --
By HOLLY JANNA, CANADIAN CEREBRAL PALSY SPORTS ASSOCIATION
The Canadian Cerebral Palsy Sports Association (CCPSA) recently purchased eight running frames and plans to kick off a RaceRunning pilot program in the Greater Toronto Area this spring in partnership with the Ontario Cerebral Palsy Sports Association (OCPSA) and The CE (Conductive Education) Academy.
It’s not the first time Canada has been involved in RaceRunning. An earlier development initiative resulted in athletes like British Columbia’s Tara Kowalski competing at the 2005 CPISRA World Championships in Connecticut, and Ontario’s Charles Szerenyi competing provincially. After that initial push, the high cost of importing equipment, challenge in storing the frames and gaps in the development pathway made it difficult to sustain.
A number of factors helped set the stage to rejuvenate RaceRunning in Canada. The emergence of North American manufacturer RAD Innovations helped to decrease equipment costs. A new generation of parents became aware of the discipline and began inquiring about programs, and the addition of RaceRunning to the International Paralympic Committee Athletics program helped increase visibility of the event.
One such parent is Miriam Gaid, co-founder of the CE Academy and mother to seven-year-old Alex, who has cerebral palsy. Miriam was introduced to RaceRunning by Ana Cecilia Frazao, physiotherapist, international classifier and member of the International Race Running Committee...
Read More at FrameRunning.org: https://framerunning.org/news/canada-starts-racerunning-pilot-project/
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Frame Running: New Name, Same Sport
RaceRunning has a new official name: Frame Running. The change is a part of the evolution of the sport as it moves toward inclusion in the Paralympic Games. The hope is that this new, more descriptive name will be clearer for those being introduced to the sport, and will help with its continued growth and popularity around the world.
Participating athletes will now be called frame runners, and the equipment they use is called a running frame (instead of a racerunning frame).
So: RaceRunning is Frame Running, and Frame Running is RaceRunning. It’s the same activity, the same equipment, the same opportunity for exercise and recreation, and the same fun! Whether you’re out on a competition track or heading for a walk around the block, you’re a frame runner, and we hope that you’re able to experience the freedom, mobility, and enjoyment of frame running with lots of new people for many years to come. It’s an exciting time in the development of this sport, and we’re glad you’re a part of it.
You’ll notice we’re in the process of changing over to the new terminology on this website. We appreciate your patience during this transition, and if you see that we’ve “missed a spot,” feel free to let us know!
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RAD-Innovations is excited to be participating in the 4th Annual New England Cerebral Palsy Conference on October 7, 2019 in Hartford, CT. David Black, founder/owner of RAD-Innovations, will be speaking about adaptive and inclusive cycling and RaceRunning.
The break-out session, titled “Adaptive/Inclusive Cycling & RaceRunning for People with Cerebral Palsy” is designed to introduce attendees to the joys and benefits of adaptive cycling for anyone with CP. He’ll also provide an introduction to RaceRunning, an internationally recognized disability sport that’s gaining interest in the United States.