Opportunity with a New Set of Wheels

June 17, 2014 by Gilbert Thomson, PT

Two brothers smiling at the camera are outside on adaptive tricycles with blues skies in the backgroundPatrick received his first trike over two years ago because of the difficulty he was having with walking. His endurance was poor, he tended to use a crouch gait and his feet frequently hurt after any ambulation. He started with a small red Rifton Tricycle and it soon became one of his main options for outdoor mobility. Since using the trike over the past two years, Patrick’s lower extremity strength has increased dramatically. His parents and teachers noticed improvements in his walking skills as well. He now walks straighter and for longer distances. Additionally, he has started more running and jumping activities.

Recently he outgrew his small trike so you can imagine his thrill when he opened the box and saw his new medium green trike! He couldn’t wait to climb on and start riding. Unbeknownst to Patrick—because tricycle riding is simply fun at his age—he continues to make therapeutic improvements from the consistent reciprocal leg motions and strengthening opportunities tricycle riding provides.

Take a moment and enjoy this fabulous new video Patrick’s proud father sent us.

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Candice | October 24, 2020
Thank you for all you for making/designing adaptive equipment. My daughter who is DeafBlind received a Rifton Trike and in just two months is walking straighter, faster, and her endurance has also improved. She is even running! Running everywhere, this is attributed to her using her trike everyday for 2 hours.