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Get in Motion: Virtual Physical Activities Coaching Service For People With Disability
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Get in Motion: Virtual Physical Activities Coaching Service For People With Disability

Get in Motion offers at-home physical activity support for people with disabilities through phone-in and online coaching.

Get in Motion phone-in coaching service was put together by the Canadian Disability Participation Project (CDPP), to support people with disabilities and help them achieve physical fitness through regular physical activities. Physical activities have always been helpful to people with disabilities in several aspects of recovery, including improved health, well-being, and overall life satisfaction.

Many people with disabilities are facing unique barriers and challenges to physical activity. Adapted physical activity and recreation programs are closed due to the nationwide partial lockdown, and one should feel bothered about the health and physical fitness of people with disabilities.

"It will be very hard for some people to stay active during COVID-19 isolation. And now that people are self-isolating, the public health authorities are urging people to engage in some physical activity to remain active. This can be even more challenging for people living with disabilities, and this is the reason I am organizing the phone-in session to help," Chief Virtual Tutor at Get in Motion Professor, Dr. Kathleen Martin Ginis said.

The Get in Motion coaching will help manage the psychosocial and physical health risks of staying inactive. Since public adapted sport and exercise programs cannot hold because of COVID-19, Get in Motion service will be available for all Canadians with physical disabilities, as well as for Special Olympics athletes. When people join Get in Motion, they get connected to volunteer's physical activity coach via phone or online conferencing. The volunteer then coaches take people through an at-home physical activity program. It is definitely a relationship where both the coach and the client are benefitting.

“The major aim of our initiative is to teach more inclusive and adapted sport and exercise through phone-in and online coaching offered to people with disability by trained and experienced volunteers." Dr. Kathleen Martin Ginis said.

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