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A Miracle in the Outfield: The Benefits of Participation in Organized Baseball Leagues for Children

Key Message

Parents of children with disabilities believe participation in sport activities enhances motor and psychosocial skills and that participation has a positive impact on the entire family unit.

Source

Lyons, Stacy, Corneille, Danielle, Coker, Patricia, et al (2009). A Miracle in the Outfield: The Benefits of Participation in Organized Baseball Leagues for Children with Mental and Physical Disabilities. Therapeutic Recreation Journal, 43 (3), 41-48.

Purpose

The purpose of this pilot study was to measure the perceptions of parents whose children with disabilities participated in an organized community baseball league. Data were collected using a survey instrument that was administered to 42 parents of children with disabilities participating in a community baseball league.

Evidence

Of the parents surveyed: 1) 97.6% believed participation increased their child's self-confidence, 2) 92.8% believed participation increased their child's motor skills, 3) 92,9% believed participation improved their child's social skills, 4) 92,9% said their child made new friends, 5) 85.7% said their child's baseball skills improved, 6) 83.3% said their child had an improved belief in their ability to succeed, 7) 100% felt participation had a positive effect on the whole family.

Benefit Statements / Outcomes

Leadership Provided By:

  • Leisure Information Network (LIN)
  • Alberta Recreation and Parks Association

On Behalf Of:

  • Canadian Parks and Recreation Association (CPRAA)

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