There are many human diseases that rob human wellness and life regardless of age and Parkinson’s disease (PD) is one of them.
With the Erasmus+ project ‘’Sea, Sail and Surf for Parkinson’’ we want to emphasize the role of sea sports, especially sail and surf, in the rehabilitation of people affected by Parkinson disease.
WHAT IS PARKINSON DISEASE?
PD is a neurodegenerative disorder that affects movement. Symptoms start gradually and generally develop over years. The progression of symptoms usually differs from one person to another due to diversity of the disease. People with Parkinson disease may experience:
- Tremor or shaking that usually begins in a limb, often of hands or fingers.
- Slowed movement (bradykinesia). Over time, Parkinson’s disease may slow the movement, making simple tasks difficult and time-consuming.
- Rigid muscles. Muscle stiffness may occur in any part of the body. The stiff muscles can be painful and limit the range of motion.
- Impaired posture and balance. Posture may become stooped, or a person may have balance problems as a result of Parkinson’s disease.
- Loss of automatic movements. Person may have a decreased ability to perform unconscious movements, including blinking, smiling or swinging your arms when walking.
- Speech changes. Speak may softly, quickly, slur or hesitate before talking. Speech may be more of a monotone rather than have the usual inflections.
- Writing changes. It may become hard to write, and writing may appear small.
Treatment for Parkinson’s relies on a combination of lifestyle changes, medications, and therapies. It’s important to rest adequately, exercise and have a balanced diet.
THE ROLE OF ADAPTED SPORT FOR DISABLED PEOPLE
On that point we will focus more on adapted sport for disabled which contribute to improve patients’ balance and coordination, as well as strengthening the cardiovascular system. Practicing sports by those with motor, intellectual, mental or sensory disabilities not only covers the therapeutic and medical intentions, generally defined as treatment, but also the social and educational aspects.
Unfortunately, there is a lack of sea sport clubs that would like to help PD patients in their process of social inclusion and rehabilitation.
PROJECT OBJECTIVES OF ‘’SEA, SAIL AND SURF FOR PARKINSON (S4P)’’
Due to two reasons that we have pointed out above, Erasmus+ project S4P that we are partner in, identified specific objectives:
- To share good practices and knowledge about the role of sea sports, especially sail and surf, in the rehabilitation of people affected by Parkinson disease.
- To create multilevel synergies and networks between sea sport clubs and associations dealing with PD patients.
Its overall objective is to encourage social inclusion and equal opportunities in sport.
THE ROLE OF FUERTE TRIBU SURF CLUB IN THE ERASMUS+ PROJECT ‘’SEA, SAIL AND SURF FOR PARKINSON (S4P)’’
Surf club Fuerte Tribu was founded in 2010 by Pilar Beneito. After many years of working with children, in collaboration with the Town halls and city councils we developed a specific program so-called «Extraescular surfing” where we provide weekly surfing lessons for kids after they finish with the school.
During school holidays we organise surf camps for children as they can stay active and connected to surfing. We also organise Surf championships in collaboration with the Canary Surf Federation and the councils. We provide a surf experience to adults and families.
Since 2014, we have developed the Adaptive Surfing Program, with which we try to bring this sport to all people with movement, sensory or cognitive difficulties.
In the Erasmus+ project ‘’SEA, SAIL AND SURF FOR PARKINSON (S4P)’’ we are partner with Mariolè association which is the coordinating organization. Other partners involved are Limolo Association (ITALY), Federación Española De Párkinson (SPAIN) and Ankara Sailing Club (TURKEY).
We are responsible to organise the Transnational Meeting in Fuerteventura and collect good practices about the role of surf and sail in the wellbeing/rehabilitation of people affected by movement disorders at the local, regional and national level.
TRANSNATIONAL MEETING IN FUERTEVENTURA
We already have started with the organisation of the Transnational meeting in Fuerteventura where we will present and approve survey template together with partners. As well we will organise different sport activities on the beach for PD patients and for persons with disabilities. On the last day we will share good practices with partners and have presentation of the project for local media.
In conclusion, we think that with the Erasmus+ project ‘’Sea, Sail and Surf for Parkinson’’ we will encourage social inclusion and equal opportunities in sport, which is also the overall objective of the project.
»We’re all equal before a wave»
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