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CRF grant to support growth of RaceRunning; the fleet-of-foot sport that’s helping kids with cerebral palsy
Every 20 hours, an Australian child is born with cerebral palsy (CP), a neurodevelopmental disability that affects their motor movements, such as the ability to walk, run and maintain balance.
A lifelong condition with no known cure, children with cerebral palsy can find it difficult to participate in sports and physical activities with their school peers, which can affect their confidence and self-esteem.
Now, a new study from the University of South Australia is exploring the potential of a unique sport – RaceRunning – to help children with CP improve their movement, social connections, and mental health.
Conducted in partnership with the Women’s and Children’s Health Network (WCHN) and funded by the Channel 7 Children’s Research Foundation, the study will engage 10-15 children and teens (aged 6-17 years old) with cerebral palsy in a 12-week RaceRunning study during which their physical, social, and mental health will be monitored.