A Miracle in the Outfield: The Benefits of Participation in Organized Baseball Leagues for Children
- Category: Personal | Human Development | Individual Quality of Life | Social | Community Quality of Life | Families/Communities
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.
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.
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.
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.