Careers in Recreational Therapy
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By Institute For Career Research
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Recreational therapy is one of the most popular fields in the healthcare industry. It is not surprising considering recreational therapists are paid to have fun with their patients. Recreational therapy is exactly what it sounds like – using recreation and leisure activities as a therapeutic device. For example, horseback riding can offer numerous benefits to a teenager with Cerebral Palsy. It can improve physical functionality and neurological connections, provide opportunities for social inclusion, and overcome depression through freedom of movement. Adaptive swimming, one of the most common forms of recreational therapy, is a safe, low-impact way to regain strength after a heart attack, develop motor skills in children with disabilities, or treat the cognitive and emotional effects of Autism. The possibilities are endless, but the overall concept is that recreational activities can better a person's quality of life.