Sports for children with dwarfism? (achondroplasia)

Joseline - posted on 01/01/2013 ( 5 moms have responded )

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I have a little sister with achondroplasia, she's 7 years old and wants to get involved in a sport. Because of her achondroplasia I'd like to get some info from perhaps other parents of dawrfs so I can make the better, safer choice.
Thank You, Joseline.

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Denikka - posted on 01/01/2013

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I don't have any children with dwarfism, or actually know anyone with dwarfism, but I was an avid watcher of Little People, Big World.
I know Zach (the brother with dwarfism-achondroplasia too) was an avid soccer player. He actually made his highschool soccer team. So that's definitely an option. :)

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Cari - posted on 03/23/2014

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Hi everybody, pardon me the topic is not exactly the same... but I wonder, if you guys know about some brad of bikes for toddlers with achondroplasia, the other day I saw at "The little couple" show they bought one for their toddler and then have it modified, we tried to do the same in my town, and I was told that they can not do anything about it, ours is brand "radio flyer",
hopefully you all can give me a hint, it will be highly appreciate it!!!
Thanks :)

John - posted on 02/02/2013

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Any sport she wishes. I have achondroplasia (47 years old) as are my wife and 10 year old son. Four years ago I started to race in triathlon. Last year I completed a 1/2 Ironman race (1.2 mile swim, 56 mile bike, 13.1 mile run) and also a marathon (26.2 miles) race. I have qualified to run in the Boston Marathon this year. I also play ice hockey. As long as she does not complain of pain in her legs or lower back, I feel you should encourage her to play anything she wishes.

Denikka - posted on 01/01/2013

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I would think that it depends on what kind of dancing. There are MANY different types, from tap, to hip hop, to ballet, to ballroom.
I would suggest she stay away from the more vigorous styles of dance, like ballet, but something like ballroom or even belly dancing (LOTS!!! of fun :D) should be fine :)

Joseline - posted on 01/01/2013

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thank you! and yes she seems a bit interested in soccer! but she also talks about wanting to do dance... i know her doc said gymnastics was a No-no, and dance and gymnastics in my head at least look similar in some ways.

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