Cerebral palsy is a disorder that affects muscle tone, movement, and motor skills (the ability to move in a coordinated and purposeful way).CP usually is caused by brain damage that happens before or during a baby’s birth, or during the first 3 to 5 years of a child’s life. This brain damage also can lead to other health issues, including vision, hearing, and speech problems; and learning disabilities.Since cerebral palsy affects muscle control and coordination, even simple movements — like standing still — are difficult. Other functions that also involve motor skills and muscles — such as breathing, bladder and bowel control, eating, and talking — also may be affected when a child has CP.
This girl with Cerebral Palsy Totally Aced Her Cheerleading Routine
Debbie Stark is a girl with cerebral palsy who helped her team win first place at a cheerleading competition. What makes this so unusual is the fact that Stark has cerebral palsy and only began training this year. She’s already earned champ status at the Australian All-Star Cheerleading Federation’s Special Abilities category.
A cheerleader in Australia, who has cerebral palsy and is confined to a wheelchair, has inspired millions of people.Debbie Stark is on an all-ability cheerleading team, according to Australia’s 9 News. The team competed at the NSW All Star Battle Cheer Edition competition in Sydney.When asked how she feels being an inspiration to so many people, Stark replied by saying that she felt “overwhelmed,” especially because she “didn’t think she would inspire any people.” Well, she couldn’t have been more wrong. It’s amazing what perseverance, dedication, and passion can do.
Stark and three other cheerleaders perform a number of high-energy moves with Stark in and out of her wheelchair.”Once again our Special Ability champions continue to inspire and awe us with awesome displays from Oxygen All Stars Lithium featuring the fantastic Deb,”