ACCEPT: a climbing wall for rehabilitation of children with cerebral palsy

A therapeutic tool that is at once training, inclusion, and a means of tracking progresses

It was inaugurated at the headquarters of PlayMore! in Milan the new ACCEPT climbing wall.  A special wall, consisting of three interchangeable modules, adapted, sensorized, reconfigurable and interactive, optimized for children with Cerebral Palsy. 

Cerebral palsy (CP) is the most frequent pediatric neuromuscular disorder. Children with CP can, in many cases, partly recover their neuromotor skills through intensive rehabilitation.  Adapted sport constitutes a valid complement to standard rehabilitation. It is highly engaging, potentially leading to results otherwise obtained over a much longer time. 

Starting from this evidence and in partnership with FightTheStroke, the project focusses on sport climbing to study, realize and test ACCEPT for the rehabilitation of children between 6 and 13 years. 

The research aims at exploring and promoting the role of sport climbing as a therapeutic tool, proposing a solution that is at once training, inclusion, and a means of tracking rehabilitation progresses. 

The scientific director is Professor Alessandro Colombo of the Department of Electronics, Information and Bioengineering. In addition to this department, the Department of Mechanics, the Department of Design and the Technology Transfer Office participate in the research. 

Representing the partner of the project were Martina Riva, councillor for Sport, Tourism and Youth Policies of the Municipality of Milan; Francesca Fedeli of Fondazione FightTheStroke; Simone Salvagnin, head of paraclimbing F.A.S.I. Federazione Arrampicata Sportiva Italiana; MILANOARRAMPICATA Asd. 

Sponsor: RGTECH, Vibram SpA, SCARPA SpA, TASCI Srl/Montura, Smog, PBN, T.F. Carpenteria, Opera3D. 

ACCEPT is a project funded by the “Sport and social inclusion” 2019 edition of Polisocial Award, the program that rewards scientific research with a high social impact of the Politecnico di Milano. 

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