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Geidne, Susanna, DocentORCID iD iconorcid.org/0000-0002-5093-4958
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Jerlinder, K. & Geidne, S. (2017). Documented inclusive physical activities for children and adolescents with disabilities withinsport clubs. In: Nordic Sport Science Conference: 'The Double-Edged Sword of Sport: HealthPromotion Versus Unhealthy Environments’. Paper presented at Nordic Sport Science Conference, 22-23 November 2017, Halmstad, Sweden (pp. 36-36).
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2017 (English)In: Nordic Sport Science Conference: 'The Double-Edged Sword of Sport: HealthPromotion Versus Unhealthy Environments’, 2017, p. 36-36Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Young people with disabilities participate to a lower extent in organized sport than their peers without disabilities. Research in this matter has previously focused on the complex barriers that restrict participation in sports clubs, rather then what can facilitate participation and inclusive activities. There is a need to study real examples of how sports clubs can include children and youth with disabilities in the sport program. An overview of inclusion in organized sports regarding children and adolescents with disabilities is lacking today. Therefor the aim of this study is to increase the understanding of how sports clubs include children and adolescents with disabilities in their activities. The results of this systematic search on documented inclusive physical activities within sport clubs shows that are few peer-reviewed studies that describe how (i) children and young people with disabilities are included in sports clubs’ regular, ongoing activities. The sports clubs rather worked with short term intervention-based activities in team-sports settings (what ii). The main documented reasons for sport clubs to inclusion in organized sport (why iii) were to increase the participation of youth with disabilities and to promote social contact between children with and without disabilities. The lack of documentation and the limited collective knowledge-based is discussed as a problem while implementing a successful inclusive approach on adapted physical activity in organized sport settings for all people longer time in life.

Keywords
adapted physical acitivity, sports club, disability, children, youth, participation, inclusion
National Category
Sport and Fitness Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hig:diva-25838 (URN)
Conference
Nordic Sport Science Conference, 22-23 November 2017, Halmstad, Sweden
Available from: 2017-12-19 Created: 2017-12-19 Last updated: 2018-03-13Bibliographically approved
Geidne, S. & Jerlinder, K. (2015). How can sport clubs for non-disabled youth include children and adolescents with disabilities?. In: : . Paper presented at Nordic Network on Disability Research, 13th Research conference, 6-8 May 2015, Bergen, Norway.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>How can sport clubs for non-disabled youth include children and adolescents with disabilities?
2015 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Severe obesity and a sedentary leisure-time are more common among young people and adults with disabilities than in the rest of the population. Young people with disabilities participate in sports to a lesser extent than other adolescents. That physical activity has positive effects on children and adolescents, such as reduced risk of diabetes, overweight and obesity, anxiety and depression are understood. The positive effects of participation in organized sport and physical activity are at least as great for children and young people with disabilities as children and young people without disabilities. One of the most important tasks of various actors is to find ways to increase physical activity and the health of children and youth with disabilities. Sports clubs are identified as potential and attractive environments for physical activity, but also for social and mental health. The reasons why children and young people with disabilities participate to a lower extent in organized sport is complex and barriers can be deriving from many different levels. However, barriers have been studied more than what can facilitate participation in organized sport. Therefor the aim of this study is to present the first results from a systematic international and scientific literature review of how sport clubs for non-disabled youth can include children and adolescents with disabilities in their activities.

Articles (with inclusion criteria of studies focusing on children and adolescents, disability, physical activity, engagement in organized sports, inclusive sport settings) from a 20 years period were selected. Studies with topics that concerned physical education, medical, physical activity without an organized sport agenda, elite sport or equipment issues were excluded. 

The results will focus on which type of sport, target group and countries the examples are from, but foremost on how sport clubs for non-disabled youth actually do to include children and adolescents with disabilities in their activities.

It is essential to establish a knowledge base for effective interventions towards the target group at hand. If more children and youth with disabilities participate in organized sports several positive health benefits can be achieved.

Keywords
sports clubs, disability, inclusion, children, youth
National Category
Sport and Fitness Sciences Public Health, Global Health, Social Medicine and Epidemiology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hig:diva-21951 (URN)
Conference
Nordic Network on Disability Research, 13th Research conference, 6-8 May 2015, Bergen, Norway
Available from: 2016-06-27 Created: 2016-06-27 Last updated: 2018-03-13Bibliographically approved
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