Children and adults with limb loss or absence in Greater Glasgow and Clyde are making positive steps thanks to a staff and patient initiative.
Staff from NHSGGC’s WestMARC (West of Scotland Mobility and Rehabilitation Centre) teamed up with Scottish Disability Sport and Penny Broomhead, a UK Athletics physiotherapist to deliver a running clinic for those using prosthetic limbs, and to meet fellow patients with a similar interest in the sport.
The morning was dedicated to encouraging and motivating young people to feel confident, improve their technique, and most of all get enjoyment from running.
The event featured a surprise guest Richard Whitehead MBE, T42 Paralympic 200m world record holder and marathon runner.
Richard said: “I was delighted to be part of the WestMARC event, which was a real inspiration for everyone. The adults were really put to the test by Penny in a very tough circuit, but it was the kids’ event which was the highlight of the day for me. It’s all about small, achievable goals and the event showed everyone how sport and exercise can improve health as well as being great fun.”
In the afternoon, an adult group enjoyed a tough circuit led by Penny. This included some running drills as well as advice on how to start running and improve knowledge on health issues related to wearing prostheses when undertaking sport.
Physiotherapy Team Lead Helen Scott led a staff group of volunteers who worked hard to put the programme together and were thrilled with the results.
Physiotherapist Nikki Porteous said: “We are delighted with the support we received from Scottish Disability Sport, the charity Finding Your Feet and the prosthetics company Ossur.”
The feedback from the day was overwhelmingly positive and the team is looking forward to hosting similar events in 2018.
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