Swimming guidelines for adults with epilepsy
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Swimming guidelines for adults with epilepsy

Jennifer Burt Physiotherapist, Barnet Learning Disabilities Service, Barnet Primary Care Trust
Christine Cole Clinical epilepsy specialist nurse, Barnet Learning Disabilities Service, Barnet Primary Care Trust

Jennifer Burt and Christine Cole describe how guidelines designed to ensure the safety of swimmers with epilepsy were researched, consulted on and distributed

It is important that people with learning disabilities have opportunities to participate in a wide range of community activities. To support this inclusion agenda greater emphasis is now being placed on the health promotion, facilitation and educational roles of learning disability health professionals (Department of Health (DH) 2002, 2007a, 2007b, Hart 2007). Various studies and government reports have highlighted that people with learning disabilities have an increased risk of health conditions such as epilepsy and other physical illnesses when compared with the rest of the population (DH 1999, 2002). This article describes collaborative work that promotes choice and the opportunity for people with learning disabilities to be included in swimming activities.

Learning Disability Practice. 11, 10,12-16. doi: 10.7748/ldp2008.12.11.10.12.c6795

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