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Conceptions of Children and Adolescents with Physical Disabilities about their Participation in a...

Key Message

Intervention programmes, where actors from different sections of society, such as the health care, clubs and associations, the handicap organizations and the university cooperate from a holistic point of view are very important.

Source

Kristén, L.; Patriksson, G., & Fridlund, B. (2002). Conceptions of Children and Adolescents with Physical Disabilities about their Participation in a Sports Programme. European Physical Education Review, 8(1), 39.

Purpose

Sport and leisure can be of significant importance for the well-being and social support of children and adolescents with physical disabilities. However, it has been established that organized sport sometimes has a social construction, in that those without disabilities are favoured at the expense of others.

The aim of this study was, therefore, to describe conceptions of children and adolescents with physical disabilities about their participation in a sports programme. Using questions based on a holistic view of the human being, 20 children and adolescents were interviewed. The method of analysis used was inspired by phenomenography.

Six categories emerged: getting new friends, learning, strengthening one’s physique, becoming someone, experiencing nature and having a good time.

Evidence

Overall, the findings show the great diversity of sports participation. Further, the conceptions mirror the difficulty of dividing people into groups and of delimiting important areas. The findings highlight the importance of programmes where actors from different sections of society cooperate.

The results highlight the importance of an intervention programme, where actors from different sections of society, such as the health care, clubs and associations, the handicap organizations and the university cooperate from a holistic point of view.

Even if the findings cannot be generalized, they nevertheless demonstrate that physical activity involves many positive factors both at the individual and at the society level.

Additional Information

| EUROPEAN PHYSICAL EDUCATION REVIEW

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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