Recreational Activities for with Disability: School-Aged Children and Adolescents
Pervin TOPTAŞ DEMİRCİ
Journal Title:INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF RECREATION AND SPORT SCIENCE
There is a need to develop appropriate opportunities for people with disabilities throughout their life course. The provision of access for people with disabilities to quality physical activity and sporting opportunities must be addressed on an equal basis with those of their non-disabled peers. The aim of this study was to disabled children and Adolescents recreational physical activity, frequency of physical activity, examine the benefits of physical activity and the participation in recreational physical activity to create more active people with recommendations for physical activity. A high level overview of the reviews of published literature. A systematic search of Web of Science, Medline, PubMed, and SPORTDiscus, Physical Education Index was employed to find all relevant studies focusing on human participants. Search terms included “Recreational Activities ”, “Children with Disabilities ”, " Prevalence of Physical Activity "and “Benefits of Recreational Physical Activity ”. The benefits of physical activity are universal for all children, including those with disabilities. Participation of children with disabilities in sports and recreational activities encourages inclusion, minimizes conditioning, optimizes physical function and improves overall well-being. Despite these benefits, children with disabilities are more limited in attendance, have lower fitness levels, and have higher levels of obesity than those without disabilities. The importance of sport and physical activity must be underlined by strategic action at national, regional and local level. Social commitment and an appreciation of the benefits to society of diversity is promoted and fuelled by clear national policy and frameworks and co-ordinated strategic planning. Increasing physical activity in children with disabilities is very complex and demands further development and research.