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VIDEO: Physios help Sheffield children ride their bikes

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Physiotherapists are on track with helping youngsters with co-ordination problems learn to ride a bike.

Sessions are being held by physiotherapists and occupational therapists from the Ryegate Children’s Centre - part of the Sheffield Children’s NHS Foundation Trust - to help get youngsters moving.

During one session at the English Institute of Sport in Attercliffe, James Walsh, aged 7, from Millhouses, learned to ride.

His mum Katherine Walsh said: “It’s been really good seeing James go from not being able to manage a bike at all to moving about and knowing how to handle it.

“I’ve seen such an improvement in James not just in his motor skills but also in his confidence as he’s seeing he can do things that he thought he wouldn’t be able to do.

“It’s great for parents too as we can see teaching techniques that work so they can carry on improving at home.”

The team of therapists were joined by student volunteers from Sheffield Hallam University’s physiotherapy department during the four day course.

Jenny Featherstone, Team Leader for Community Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy Service, said: “The children that come to the bike group have usually tried to ride a bike before but haven’t quite managed it They might have got stuck on their stabilisers or have fallen off and lost a bit of confidence.

“We break riding a bike down into small achievable steps so that they can get really confident and experience success all of the way through the course.

“We’ve had about 100 kids take part in the groups since we started the group and there’s about a 95 per cent success rate.”

 

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