Friday, March 8, 2013

Supervised Bicycling Lessening Symptoms of Down Syndome

Research is continuing at Arizona State University into the amazing impact of supervised bicycling as a means to lessen the cruel symptoms of Down syndrome.
A small, pilot study two years ago found that adolescents with the chromosomal disorder were able to process information more quickly and had better manual dexterity even after just one therapy session.

In an ongoing study, participants attend 30-minute workout sessions three times each week. Families members have indicated that they’ve noticed an increase in talking, interaction and improved mood among those currently participating in the research effort.

“It’s really remarkable that by doing this kind of exercise, they begin to think faster,” Ringenbach said of the study participants who she believes are developing new brain cells. “It has the potential to dramatically change the quality of their lives. With early intervention in children with Down syndrome, it’s possible it could improve their IQ.”

The article is at THIS LINK.