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Adapted Sports and Recreation Therapy

Recreation therapy is designed to reduce the effects of illness or injury and to improve function and independence. At the Rehabilitation Institute of Ohio, we see games and sports as valuable elements in life and your therapy, and we’re ready to help you get back into the action. This program puts you in touch with others of all abilities—and a wide range of athletic and other interests—sharing information about community events and recreation opportunities. Our program offers leisure-time activities, competition and opportunities for a healthy and active lifestyle.

Conditions Treated

The Adapted Sports and Recreation Therapy program at Miami Valley Hospital opens the game to everyone. We see people with:

  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Amputation
  • And other special situations

If your condition makes it difficult to play games or sports, participate in recreation programs, or be involved in other activities, RIO may be just the place for you.


Our services employ a variety of techniques, including arts and crafts, animals, sports, games, dance and movement, drama, music and community outings. Our therapists are certified by the National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification (NCTRC).

We treat both cognitive and physical needs including:

  • Concentration and attention
  • Memory and orientation
  • Problem solving
  • Strength and endurance
  • Community re-entry
  • Fine and gross motor skills

Other areas where we can help are in developing emotional strengths as self-esteem, self-confidence and stress management, as well as learning:

  • New leisure activities
  • Leisure adaptations
  • Why leisure is important

Our program has a strong sports orientation. We can help you apply skills and techniques you’ve learned and developed in other therapies to athletic pursuits. We offer avenues into activities with facilities, rules and equipment designed to meet your needs. These include:

  • Wheelchair basketball Off Site Icon – with the chair considered part of the body
  • Hand cycling, where athletes at all levels of ability participate together
  • Quad rugby Off Site Icon – Think basketball, ice hockey, and soccer, played simultaneously on a basketball court with a volleyball
  • Wheelchair tennis Off Site Icon – with regulation equipment on a regular sized court, and special wheelchairs
  • Softball Off Site Icon – on a hard surface and with an oversized ball, so you can guide your wheelchair with one hand, catch and throw with the other
  • Road racing – wheelchair division competition in conjunction with foot races over short, medium and long distances
  • Golf Off Site Icon – with an abundance of available assist devices, including special clubs, gripping aids and ball-teeing and retrieval equipment
  • Fore Hope Off Site Icon – a national nonprofit organization that applies golf as an instrument of therapy
  • Volleyball Off Site Icon – sitting or standing, and other options, includes wallyball and water volleyball
  • Five Rivers MetroParks Off Site Icon – the Dayton system, and its 20 sites with accessible facilities, although not all the accessible facilities are at all the parks

The range of sports and activities is wide—from water sports to winter sports to wheelchair dance sport.

Recreation therapy takes leisure into other, less strenuous directions and calls for using skills, such as:

  • Following directions
  • Sequencing
  • Attention to detail
  • Staying on task

Activities may include crafts, card games and gardening.

The need for therapy doesn’t signal the end of life’s fun pursuits. Our Adapted Sports and Recreation Therapy Program is here to help you get back in the game.

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