Physical activity of children and youth with disabilities and the effect on participation in meaningful leisure-time activities

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Purpose: The purpose of this study was to collect data of the physicalactivity of children and youth with a disability as well as their frequency of partici-pation in meaningful leisure-time activities. For the first time in Germany, thepotential of physical activity and of joining a sports club to influence participation inother areas of life is evaluated.
Methods: 408 pupils (10–19y.) with intellectual,physical or visual disability participated, wearing an accelerometer and answeringquestions. Parents filled out a questionnaire on the frequency of participation andthe severity of the disability. Differences in the pa rticipation according to age,gender, severity of disability, sports club membership, and the activity levels wereanalyzed using nonparametric tests and bivariate correlations.
Results: Frequencyof participation differs between gender and age groups and is in part influenced bythe disability. Participants seldom belong to sports clubs and their activity level israther low. Attending a sports club has many positive effects on participation andsupports physical activity.
Conclusion: Sports programs that include all children andyouth need to be expanded. Physicians and well-trained coaches may allay parents’doubts of whether their child is able to participate in a sports club.
ZeitschriftCogent Social Sciences
PublikationsstatusVeröffentlicht - 08.08.2019

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