Considerations for Exercise and Sport Participation in Children with Disabilities
Texas Children’s Hospital, 6621 Fannin Street #1426, Houston, TX 77030, USA
- *Corresponding Author:
- Talia Collier
Texas Children’s Hospital
6621 Fannin Street #1426
Houston, TX 77030, USA
E-mail: [email protected]
Received Date: April 21, 2014; Accepted Date: 18 June 2014; Published Date: 21 June 2014
Citation: Collier T (2014) Considerations for Exercise and Sport Participation in Children with Disabilities. Int J Phys Med Rehabil 2:209. doi: 10.4172/2329-9096.1000209
Copyright: © 2014 Collier T. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
The importance of exercise and physical activity has been well documented. Despite a relatively large number of children and adolescents living with disability, physical activity and sports activity participation is lower in children with disabilities. Risk for obesity is higher in children with disability. There are a variety of factors that affect participation in physical activity and/or sports. Some of these factors include physical, social, and environmental barriers; lack of access to resources; and parental views and support. Participation levels also vary depending on the type of disease process. In order to get children with disabilities more involved in physical activity, there are a few studies demonstrating the benefits of exercise or community exercise and strengthening programs. Similarly, there are a variety of sports and physical activity programs that children can get involved with. As a healthcare practitioner, it is essential to be aware of medical factors, injury risk, and available resources to assist with an individualized program for the child with a disability so the child can improve his/her overall physical and social wellbeing. This review manuscript aims to provide an overview of some of the issues affecting physical activity participation in children with disability and some of the special considerations in getting children involved.