Today, October 6th, has been recognized as World Cerebral Palsy Day 2017. Cerebral Palsy (CP) is a traumatic brain injury resulting in brain damage that occurs before, during or shortly after birth, up to three years old. CP is one of the most common childhood conditions, resulting in permanent disability that affects movement and posture.
People affected with CP generally have trouble with motor skills such as coordination, balance, and/or developmental delays. Co-occurring conditions may result with CP such as Epilepsy (seizures) or Dysphagia (trouble swallowing). There are three forms of CP: Spastic (stiff, contracted muscles, resulting in increased muscle tone), Ataxic (balance and coordination primarily affected), and Dyskinetic (involuntary movements, or having a “twisted” posture). Though CP has no cure, with early interventions, such as physical and speech therapy, CP can be managed. (sources: cerebralpalsy.org, WebMd.com)
Angel City Sports offers adaptive sports that are ideal for kids and adults with Cerebral Palsy, including Track & Field, Swimming, Archery, Golf, Surfing and many more. Please support our Fall Fundraising Drive and help us create more programs for people with physical disabilities across SoCal! http://bit.ly/AngelCitySports2017
For additional information on Cerebral Palsy resources in Southern California, please visit:
United Cerebral Palsy
UCPLA - United Cerebral Palsy of LA, Ventura & Santa Barbara Counties
United Cerebral Palsy of the Inland Empire