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Type: Journal article
Title: Barriers and facilitators to physical activity participation for children with physical disability: comparing and contrasting the views of children, young people, and their clinicians
Author: Wright, A.
Roberts, R.
Bowman, G.
Crettenden, A.
Citation: Disability and Rehabilitation, 2019; 41(13):1499-1507
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Issue Date: 2019
ISSN: 0963-8288
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Annemarie Wright, Rachel Roberts, Grace Bowman and Angela Crettenden
Abstract: Purpose: Existing research has explored the barriers and facilitators of physical activity participation for young people with disability from the perspective of young people and their families. However, little research has investigated the views of clinicians who facilitate access to physical activity programs and compared this with their child client’s perspectives. Method: Interviews were conducted with six allied health and sports development professionals associated with a programme which supports access to recreation and sporting activities. Interviews explored facilitators and barriers to physical activity experienced by their clients. Open-ended survey questions investigating barriers and facilitators of physical activity participation were also completed by 28 young people with disability aged 10–17 years who were clients of this programme. Results: The most salient facilitator of participation described by clinicians was “planning programs to promote success and inclusion.” Young people described two main facilitators; “the right people make physical activity fun!” and, similar to clinicians, “appropriate and inclusive opportunities to be active.” The most salient barriers identified by clinicians were “practical limitations” and “time constraints and priorities,” and a novel barrier raised was “whose choice?” The “lack of accessible and inclusive opportunities” was the most pertinent barrier for young people. Conclusions: Clinicians should determine both parent and young person commitment to a physical activity before enrolment. Lack of commitment can act as a barrier to physical activity and a more appropriate intervention could focus on increasing awareness of the benefits of being active, drawing on a Stages of Change based model of service delivery.
Keywords: Cerebral palsy; disabled children; exercise; qualitative research; social participation; youth sports
Description: "Received 15 Aug 2015, Accepted 22 Jan 2018, Published online: 30 Jan 2018"
Rights: © 2018 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group
RMID: 0030081340
DOI: 10.1080/09638288.2018.1432702
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