Chrissy finds cycling has helped to overcome life changing event.
Chrissy is 34 years old and recently had an acquired brain injury. He had two brain operations and spent 4 months in hospital. Chrissy was working as a joiner, getting on with everyday life so this event was unexpected and life changing for him.
Chrissy was referred to the Sheffield Cycling 4 All by his community therapist to help with his ongoing brain injury rehabilitation. Sheffield Cycling 4 All is an inclusive trike cycling group run by Disability Sheffield. The therapist attended the first two cycling sessions with him and now he travels to the sessions and attends independently twice a week and rides a trike.
Chrissy reported the cycling is fantastic. Despite cycling helping to improve the mobility in his left leg, the biggest outcome is the confidence boost cycling has given him. Chrissy said attending the cycling group has given him the confidence to get around and use public transport alone and has had a big impact on his independence.
Chrissy has reduced dexterity and weakness in his left upper limb. However, he is motivated to use it during cycling to help facilitate function.
Cycling had always been a hobby for Chrissy prior to his brain injury, so being able to participate in the cycling group has empowered him to return to an occupation he previously enjoyed. He has also been able to engage with other participants in the group, getting to know them and also share his experiences and knowledge, and learn about services in the community.
Although having a brain injury was a life changing event, Chrissy said his life has only got better. He has a son on the way and is looking forward to being able to go cycling in the future with his family.
Cycling has helped Chrissy to overcome his brain injury and live a positive lifestyle and given him the confidence to achieve his aspirations and goals. Chrissy is motivated to return to work and be able to drive again.
Photo and case study by Becky Teasdale while on placement at Sport for Confidence and Sheffield Cycling 4 All in her 3rd year of an Occupational Therapy course at Sheffield Hallam University 2022.
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