During the 2014 American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Annual Assembly that wrapped up on Sunday in San Diego, Sir Philip Craven said that sport and rehabilitation should go hand-in-hand. He was quoted directly as saying, “Sport is an activity that unites all individuals regardless of who they are, where they come from or what they stand for in a peaceful and celebratory environment to create positive results.
“Sport is about human interaction; you never stop learning with sport – it is life’s great educator!” he added before highlighting the many life skills that sport teaches an individual including teamwork, decision making, fair play and communication. On top of these life skills, sport for a person with a perceived disability can do so much more. The Paralympic Movement is about empowering individuals rather than caring for a collectivised and thus marginalised minority.”
Craven’s remarks were made during the event’s Paralympic Sports Medicine and Science Symposium keynote speech. Craven spoke for an hour.
The conference is the largest of its type in the United States. This edition included presentations such as, “Growth and Future Direction of the Paralympic Movement”, “Paralympic Sports Medicine and Science Symposium: Part 2”, “Manual Manipulation for the Adaptive Sports Athlete”, “Starting Your Own Adaptive Sports Program: Enhancing Community Reentry”, “Exertional Leg Pain in Athletes”, “Keeping Females Active Across Their Life Span”, “Bridging the Gap Between the Hospital and the Community: Sports and Recreation”, “Dancing With the Patients? The Rehabilitation Potential of Partnered Dance”, “Exercise Training and Muscle: Understanding the Effects, Adaptations, and Benefits Across the Life Span in Patients With Brain Injury”, “Rehabilitation of Golfers With Low Back Pain”, “Prescribing Exercise for Persons With Spinal Cord Injury”, and “Wacky Sports Our Patients Are Playing and Their Associated Spine Injuries”.