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Facilitation Technique Category: Therapeutic Exercise

Activity Title: Giant Inflatable Soccer Ball


Source: http://www.recreationtherapy.com/tx/txex.htm
Equipment: Giant Inflatable soccer ball; Chairs
Activity Description: Therapeutic exercise is used to improve many function such as strength
endurance, balance and body composition. This type of exercise is considered Performance
related exercise because new qualities are formed to enhance the performance of the activity
(Dattilo 2000). This particular activity Giant inflatable Soccer ball targets upper and lower
parts of the body concerning strength and movement. Other benefits this activity is that it
stimulates the brain and prevents anxious and nervous states. Take a group of 6-10 people and
have them sit in a circle, so that no space is between them. For the upper extremities portion of
the activity, the participates will toss the ball around to each person in the circle. Then the
activity will change to now the participants must catch the ball. For the lower extremity portion
of the activity place the ball on the ground and have the group call out a name and kick it
towards the participant they wish to receive the ball.
Leadership Consideration: The CTRS, would function as a leader/instructor. They can
participate in the activity at first to demonstrate how it is suppose to be played out. They are
going to want to observe the participants to see make sure they are not doing any movements that
are going to hurt them, we do not want to have any tissue trauma. Another consideration would
be the duration of involvement. The leader needs to tailor the time playing this activity to the
specific population. If it is a group of elderly folk, then maybe there should be shorter repetitions
for the activity.

Adaptations- Participants with Osteoarthritis: A person with AO in the hands could have an
issue with hitting the ball or even catching it. One adaptation that could be considered is using a
larger beach volleyball, so the weight and tension is less on the participants joints who has OA.
Another adaptation is if they have OA of the spine, being seated in that share might inflame the
symptoms and cause great discomfort in the joints from the sedentary state. Using a pad or
having the participants take breaks often from the seated position would be best.
Adaptations- Participants with Multiple Sclerosis: The first adaptation would be to adjust the
duration of the game according to the participates results for the Fatigue Severity Scale.
Another adaptation could be precooling before the activity begins or during because people who
have MS have problems with their body temperatures. The leader/instructor should also take
their time explaining the direction and asking having the participates repeat what is expected of
them during this activity. People who have MS, sometimes have difficulty processing
information. This would create a clear concise understanding of what is expected.
Adaptation References:
Comprehensive Care. (2016). Retrieved September 15, 2016, from
http://www.nationalmssociety.org/
Porter, H. R. (Ed.). (n.d.). Recreational therapy for specific diagnoses and conditions.