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AMTRYKE INFORMATION

Do you know a child with cerebral palsy, spina bifida, or poor motor coordination? Would you like to see this child become stronger while strengthening there limbs?

For years, AmTrykes have benefited and delighted children with disabilities. It has allowed them to experience the pleasure of riding freely even among peers without disabilities. Physical therapists acknowledge the AmTryke's therapeutic benefits to patients, citing improved motor skills and strength development. In fact, the AmTryke was inspired by a therapist. Designed for disabilities: Rotating handle bars......and a narrow turning radius provide stability. Now available in many sizes.

Designed for disabilities. Totating handle bars are attached to the same change chain drive as the foot pedals, allowing the rider's arms to assist the legs in propeling the bike. Velcro straps secure the feet to the pedals while torso and hip safety belts maintain the rider in the seat. A wide wheel base and narrow turning radius provide stability.

HOW AMTRYKE STARTED

In the 1990's, AmTrykes were created in Longview, Texas by the Longview AMBUCS. Physical therapist Sue Haywood asked the Longview AMBUCS to develop an idea for something to develop a child's atrophied or weakend limbs. She wanted something that would be fun for the child as well as theraputic.

AMBUCS member Gene Allen of Longview spent several weeks of his own time and his own money in the development of the AmTryke. Allen, who holds an engineering degree from Texas A&M University, was later joined by other AMBUCS members in the designing, assembling, testing and perfecting of the AmTryke. Since it's development, hundreds of free AmTrykes have been distributed to children with disabilities by AMBUCS members across the world.

Rotating handle bars are attatched to the same chain drive as the foot pedals, allowing the rider's arms to assist the legs in propeling the bike, Velcro straps secure the feet to the pedals, while torso and hip safety belts maintain the rider in the seat. A wide wheel base and narrow turning radius provide stability.

The AmTryke's unique drive mechanism provides passive exercise to the weaker limbs. The AmTryke can improve coordination, muscle strength and balance. Several adjustments can be made to accommodate the height, weight and reach of each child. The AmTryke was developed for play, so that children with disabilities can ride when siblings are riding their tricycles or bicycles.

Often a child’s self esteem increases as he or she is no longer left out of the group activity.