This is Phillip! Phillip has Down Syndrome. He is non-verbal and relies on his wonderful and supportive mother Voula for all of his care. Voula first approached ARC in 2018 for Exercise Physiology services. She wanted Phillip to increase his walking endurance for greater community interaction and social participation, increase his muscle tone for engagement in more challenging activities with his family and friends, and to stop the deleterious effects of his mainly sedentary lifestyle.
Phillip has been seen once per week by an Exercise Physiologist since November 2018 – both at home and in the clinic. In just 3 months he went from only tolerating 10 minutes of low intensity walking on the treadmill to lasting over 30 minutes with hills, sprints and interval training! He has also increased his cardiovascular fitness, lower limb strength to walk up stairs, balance and his depth perception to step over objects and obstacles. He is well on his way to achieving all of his goals!
Despite the developmental delay associated with his condition and his very low baseline of fitness, Phillip has worked so hard, with the ongoing support of his family, to achieve his goals. His results are testament to his hard work and his mother’s commitment to his health. They are always striving to challenge themselves (and always look good while doing it to!). It’s been an absolute pleasure working with Phillip and Voula and we are so proud of the progress that’s been made.