Worth Repeating: Spina Bifida – Physical Activity Guidelines

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by: The National Center on Physical Activity and Disability

Spina Bifida (SB) is a condition that is present at birth, and results from an abnormality in the development of the neural tube, which forms the spinal cord. Depending on the abnormality, there is weakness in the areas that the damaged nerves control, such as sensory areas and muscles to the abdomen, legs, and bowel and bladder . Most people with spina bifida also have a shunt, to help drain the cerebrospinal fluid out of the brain ventricles. Involvement may be cervical (at the neck), or thoracic (chest), lumbar (low back) or sacral (base of spine).

Read full text of “Spina Bifida, Physical Activity Guidelines” on the NCPAD Website HERE

Table of Contents:

  • Introduction
  • Importance of Exercise
  • Considerations When Exercising
  • Important Safety Considerations
  • Cardiovascular Training Guidelines
  • Strength Training Guidelines
  • Flexibility Training Guidelines
  • NCPAD Online References
  • Note
  • Organizations
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