We’re delighted to share this beautiful video made by the foundation “Just for Smiles” that organizes outdoor activities for disabled children. A few years ago, we had the great opportunity to collaborate with this foundation on a study where children with profound intellectual and multiple disabilities (PIMDs) and typically developed (TD) children were measured during tandem ski (TS) activity. The goal was to assess its effect on postural control and cardiac activity by a multidisciplinary team from Lausanne (HES SO, ISSUL and CHUV). Inertial Physilog® sensors were placed on the participants (on head, pelvis, seat and trunk with a special ECG module) and a GPS module in the pilot’s pocket to analyze the movements and adjustment of their body segments and to monitor the speed and trajectory of the TS.
The study revealed that tandem skiing appears to elicit active postural adaptations and increased heart rate in children and youth with PIMD to a similar extent to those of their TD peers. Therefore, tandem skiing can be considered a rare genuine sport activity for this category of children with special needs, and in our opinion, its practice should be encouraged on a regular basis.”
Reference: Degache, F., Bonjour, A., Michaud, D., Mondada, L. and Newman, C.J. “The effects of tandem skiing on posture and heart rate in children with profound intellectual and multiple disabilities.” Developmental neurorehabilitation (2018): 1-6.
Keywords: Heart rate; postural adjustment; profound intellectual and multiple disabilities; tandem skiing