Effects of sports and daily activity on leisure time, mobility and quality of life of adults with intellectual disability

Vera Tillmann, Cornelia Remark, Irina London, Carolin Stangier, Thomas Abel, Volker Anneken

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Aim: The main aim of this study (2016-2018) is to highlight the effects of a sports and movement related daily routine, towards independent mobility, leisure time activities and quality of life. The concept is based on low-threshold activities which do not require a lot of effort to attend to.
Method: The participants are adults with intellectual disability (N=242) and live in different living arrangements (ambulant and stationary). Before, during and after the intervention (18 months), participants of the intervention and control group are (among other components) questioned about their leisure time activities, experienced barriers, mobility as well as their overall quality of life.
Results: First results of this ongoing study show little sports related leisure time activities. Especially people in group homes, who highly depend on the offers provided by the institution, show significantly less steps per day and are less mobile than persons in assisted individual living arrangements.
Conclusion: The results show the necessity of such concepts. Taking part in little sports related leisure time activities, the lack of self-determined choices as well as experienced barriers can lead to a rather sedentary lifestyle and therefore to higher health risks and less social interaction.
ZeitschriftJournal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities (JARID)
Seiten (von - bis)540-541
PublikationsstatusVeröffentlicht - 07.2018


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