Physical Activity Preferences, Attitudes, and Behaviour of Children and Youth With Physical Disabilities

Authors

  • Jennifer Anne Leo UNESCO Chair 'Transforming the Lives of People with Disabilities, their Families and Communities through PE, Sport, Recreation and Fitness’ Institute of Technology Tralee http://orcid.org/0000-0002-0521-6420
  • Guy Faulkner University of British Columbia
  • Zlata Volfson University of Toronto
  • Rebecca Bassett-Gunter York University
  • Kelly Arbour-Nicitopoulos University of Toronto

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.18666/TRJ-2018-V52-I2-8443

Keywords:

Attitudes, children and youth, community-based, disability, inclusion, physical activity, preferences

Abstract

Despite the numerous benefits of physical activity (PA) participation, children and youth with physical disabilities (CYPD) are not active enough. Limited research has explored the PA preferences and attitudes of CYPD, which are critical to the design of effective community-based PA programs. To address this gap, this study examined the PA preferences and attitudes of CYPD (N = 38, mean age = 15 years, 54% male). Top PA preferences included: being active after school (39.5%), in a gymnasium setting (52.6%), at a moderate intensity (52.6%), and with close friends (65.8%). Participants reported high positive attitudes (M = 4.36 out of 5) toward PA. This study offers important findings for therapeutic recreation (TR) professionals to consider as they design, deliver, and assist children and youth to locate PA programs within their communities.

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Author Biographies

Jennifer Anne Leo, UNESCO Chair 'Transforming the Lives of People with Disabilities, their Families and Communities through PE, Sport, Recreation and Fitness’ Institute of Technology Tralee

Dr. Jennifer Leo is currently a Postdoctoral Researcher with the UNESCO Chair in Inclusive Physical Education, Sport, Fitness and Recreation at IT Tralee in Ireland. Dr. Leo was the Director, Research at Abilities Centre, in Whitby, Ontario, Canada during the time this research was conducted.

Guy Faulkner, University of British Columbia

Dr Guy Faulkner is a Professor in the School of Kinesiology at the University of British Columbia, and a Canadian Institutes of Health Research-Public Health Agency of Canada Chair in Applied Public Health.

Zlata Volfson, University of Toronto

Ms. Zlata Volfson has a Masters of Science from the Exercise Sciences Department within the Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education at the University of Toronto.

Rebecca Bassett-Gunter, York University

Dr. Rebecca Bassett-Gunter is an Assistant Professor in the School of Kinesiology and Health Science at York University.

Kelly Arbour-Nicitopoulos, University of Toronto

Dr. Kelly Arbour- Nicitopoulos is an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education at the University of Toronto and an Adjunct Scientist at Bloorview Research Institute.

Published

2018-05-21

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Regular Papers