Kinesiologist helps youngster reach cycling goal

Kinesiologist Samantha Quinn (left) with Kaide Chen on his exercise bicycl
Kinesiologist Samantha Quinn (left) with Kaide Chen on his exercise bicycl

Meet Kaide Chen, a 10-year-old student with vision problems and degenerative physical conditions who attends Philip E. Layton School on our CIUSSS’s territory. Like most kids his age, Kaide loves to “go fast,” but unfortunately, moving at a high speed is unsafe while he is in his wheelchair or using a walker.

Enter Samantha Quinn, a kinesiologist at Lethbridge-Layton-Mackay Rehabilitation Centre who provides therapy to Kaide at his school. Ms. Quinn recently started using an adapted stationary exercise bicycle called the NuStep as part of Kaide’s treatment program, finally providing an outlet for Kaide to (safely) go fast!

After a first few eager sessions, Kaide set himself a goal of cycling 10 000 meters—which he reached in January! He and Ms. Quinn are now searching together for a new goal.