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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 therapy.

These services puts patients 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 during the inpatient rehab stay. 

Conditions Treated

Treating both Cognitive and Physical Needs

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.

We treat both cognitive and physical needs including:

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

Developing Emotional Strengths

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

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

Athletic Activities

Our program has a strong sports orientation. We can help patients apply skills and techniques learned and developed in other therapies to athletic pursuits. 

We offer avenues into activities with facilities, rules and equipment designed to meet a patient’s needs. The range of sports and activities is wide — from water sports to winter sports to wheelchair dance sport. These include:

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

Less Strenuous Pursuits

  • Recreation therapy takes leisure into other, less strenuous directions and calls for using skills, such as:
  • Attention to detail
  • Following directions
  • Sequencing
  • 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 patients get back in the game.

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Content Updated: November 25, 2014

These Miami Valley Hospital locations offer Rehabilitation Services.
Outpatient Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine at Coffman Family YMCA
90 Remick Blvd. Springboro, OH  45066
Rehabilitation at Claybourne Medical Center
1525 E. Stroop Rd. Kettering, OH  45429
Rehabilitation at Miami Valley Health Center Huber Heights
6251 Miami Valley Way Huber Heights, OH  45424
Rehabilitation at Miami Valley Hospital
One Wyoming St. Dayton, OH  45409
Rehabilitation at Miami Valley Hospital North
9000 N. Main St. Englewood, OH  45415
Rehabilitation at Miami Valley Hospital South
2400 Miami Valley Dr. Centerville, OH  45459
Rehabilitation at SureCare Medical Center
360 W. Central Ave. Springboro, OH  45066
Rehabilitation at the Wright Health Building
1222 S. Patterson Blvd. Dayton, OH  45402
Rehabilitation in Beavercreek
1244 Meadow Bridge Dr. Beavercreek, OH  45434
Rehabilitation in Jamestown
4940 Cottonville Rd. Jamestown, OH  45335
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