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Parallel Bars

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HealthWiki > Disabled Village Children > Chapter 63: Walking Aids > Parallel Bars


Simple designs for outdoor parallel bars, both adjustable and non-adjustable, are included in Chapter 46 on playgrounds. In A ‘Playground for All’ Built by Children we also give suggestions for adjusting the bar height to meet the needs of the individual child. The designs shown are:


OUTDOOR BARS

Wooden parallel bars outside.
Child using parallel bars with leg separator, images of bars with three height options.
simple, non-adjustable bars (bamboo, wood, or metal) bars with a leg separator for a child whose knees pull together 2 designs for bars with adjustable height

INDOOR BARS

(design details for two of several models)

ADJUSTABLE MODEL NON-ADJUSTABLE MODEL
Parallel bars with arrows signaling different features.
wood or metal pole
Metal pipe (or try bamboo)
Adjust width by sliding the 2 blocks of wood in and out, then bolting.
Adjust height by putting bolts thorough different holes.
tube metal or wood pole
Parallel bars with arrows showing ways to make it sturdy.
triangular wood supports (best if bolted)
slanted edge to help prevent tripping
angle irons



IRON PIPE BARS


Design from Functional aids for the Muliply Handicapped
Parallel bars made of pipes, 1 simple and 2 with wood in middle to divide feet.
NON-ADJUSTABLE BARS WITH FOOT DIVIDER




METAL CONDUIT TUBING


ADJUSTABLE WIDTH BARS ADJUSTABLE WIDTH AND HEIGHT
Man walking with parallel bars, arrows pointing to where to weld it to change its width.
Designs from Poliomyelitis, Huckstep.
welds
This pipe slides in and out of this one.
welds
Adjustable parallel bars.



This page was updated:19 Jan 2018