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July 7, 2015

Summertime fun with a ball, from Leslie Cordero, physical therapist

Leslie Cordero, DPT, a physical therapist at Child and Family Development, contributed to the Fun in the Sun board in the Midtown lobby.  She found a resource from Your Therapy Source that provides 15 ball activities that can be good exercise and therapeutic, including: 


1. Play catch with a balloon.

2.  Bat a balloon up and down in the air as many times as you can without it touching the ground.

3.  Toss a scarf or handkerchief in the air and catch it. 

4.  Play catch with gradually smaller balls (from playground to tennis sized).

5.  Toss and catch a ball while standing inside a hula hoop. 

6.  Walk forward and toss a balloon, scarf or ball in the air. 

7.  Toss a balloon, scarf or ball in the air, clap your hands and then catch the ball.

8.  Bounce a ball on the floor and catch it. 

9.  Bounce a ball on the floor, clap your hands and then catch it. 

10.  Toss a ball at the wall, let the ball bounce and then catch it.

11.  Hold a beach ball overhead with two hands to stretch your shoulders and back.  Hold for 10 seconds. 

12.  Put a laundry basket by your feet.  Lay down on the floor on your back with your knees bent. Pick up a ball with your feet and put it inside the basket. Repeat. 

13.  Hold a ball with two hands at your belly button. Pass the ball around your waist without letting it drop to the ground. 

14.  Hold a beach ball with two hands, elbows straight at shoulder height.  Perform 10 squats. 

15.  Create a small obstacle course using lawn chairs and kick a ball (beach or soccer sized) around the obstacles.  

Have a ball!