Vision impairment is never a hindrance for running and if the runner has enough self-confidence and will power, he could still succeed as an excellent runner. The only thing is that, he has to design his practice sessions in such a way that the guide along with him would lead the run perfectly. Some runners, though visually impaired, might have the confidence that they could go on their own. For such people, verbal communication from the guide is vital to make their running practice easy. Make sure that your guide is polite and prudent enough to give the right comments for the vision impaired runner. Instead, a short rope would serve the purpose of running even more smoothly. The guide and the runner are tied with this rope and the guide is a little ahead of the runner and along with the verbal instructions, the runner would be able to comprehend the road’s texture, having tied along with the guide.
The stuff of this tether is important so that the runner could ‘feel’ the difference as he runs with his guide. Now, speaking about the qualities that a guide has to essentially possess, guide has to be essentially safety-conscious. The guide has to be physically stronger than the runner to help in adverse situations. Also, while choosing guides, it is advisable for the runners to choose those they are comfortable with. So, such differently-abled runners have to be more confident and feel proud that they are doing something different from the normal people.
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