Wednesday, August 23 - 10:00 am - 1:30 pm
Kinesthetic awareness, or muscle memory, and proprioception are two very integral skills used in orientation and mobility. Kinesthetic awareness allows you to be aware of how you move your body and helps you control and move different body parts. Certain changes in body position, such as a slope in the ground, can first be felt through the muscles. With this information from your body, you may be able to determine you are at a driveway or a curb. Proprioception is your ability to know where your body is in space. Being aware of how your body is moving through space helps you determine where you are and how to get to where you are going.
It has been shown that riding a bicycle can increase your balance and your ability to walk, which can also have a significant effect on Orientation and Mobility. Riding a bicycle encourages the development of kinesthetic awareness so you can modulate your body. We have to be aware of how our arms and legs are moving together to power the bicycle. Both these skills can be applied to Orientation and Mobility.
To help you practice using kinesthetic awareness and proprioception, we have arranged a tandem biking exercise with Dare2Tri through the city of Chicago. Dare2Tri enhances the lives of individuals with disabilities through activities such as swimming, biking and running.
****Please note: This is a highly active workshop. Please review the following questions to understand if this workshop is right for you.
10:00 am – Meet at Wilson Avenue Beach parking lot (Dare2Tri trailer) @600 W. Wilson Avenue, Chicago, IL 60640
10:30-11:30 am – First group (3 people) tandem bike with Dare2Tri pilots
12:00-1:00 pm – Second group (3 people) tandem bike with Dare2Tri pilots
1:30 pm – Schedule ride pick-up
Registration is required for this workshop. Space is limited to 6 participants.
To register please call Kathy Austin at (312)236-8569 or email Kathy Austin.