Posted on: October 22, 2014
Equal Adventure products have been designed to provide a healthy, effective and comfortable fit when used appropriately. Where products are provided in a range of sizes it is important to consider a variety of factors, to ensure their safety and effectiveness. Products must be sized based on the dimensions of the individual. In general, products
provided in more than one size are to fit as follows:
- Extra Small/Small (XS/S) – approx. age 3 and 4 years, or people who have a similar stature
- Medium/Youth (M/Y) – up to approx. age 11 years, or people who have a similar stature
- Large/Adult (L/A) – approx. age 12 years +, or people who have a similar stature.
An individual’s posture will also affect the space required in a product or the additional padding needed. The participant’s functional ability must be considered; some participants may require a piece of equipment which allows for a degradation in posture during activity due to fatigue.
Products which are used in a standing position most often require a consideration of limb length and waist and/or chest circumference.
Products which are to be used predominantly in a seated position have been designed to safely spread the body weight of the participant and protect the lower limb circulation. Seated products must be sized to provide a base of support for postural control and active balance.
If the participant uses catheters, bags or other personal care items, this must be considered when sizing seated products. Products which wrap around a participant must be sized to maintain movement, sensation and circulation of the extremities.
Further hints and tips:
- Go large and pad if you have a limited budget to meet the needs of a range of disabled performers
- Maxi back and base pads can be used in the L harnesses to shorten back height or reduce leg length in the seat, essentially providing a half size in either dimension
- Start early with your conversations about posture, and remember that posture changes
- Finally, remember to step back so that you can view the performer clearly, and ask the performer for their feedback
- Good posture is as simple as ABCDEF (Paul, 2010):
- A – appropriate
- B – base up
- C – comfortable
- D – dynamic
- E – effective
- F – flexible.