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Sports clubs and young people with disabilities - a matter of equality?
Örebro universitet.
University of Gävle, Faculty of Health and Occupational Studies, Department of Public Health and Sport Science, Sports Science.
2019 (English)Conference paper, Poster (with or without abstract) (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Movement and physical activity is one of the largest public health challenges of our time. A setting that is particularly suitable for promoting physical activity is sports clubs, which are the main setting for leisure time activities in many countries. Sports club activities have the apparent potential to promote health in a comprehensive way and to contribute to overall physical activity levels, psychosocial health as well as healthy behaviors. From an equality perspective, it is therefore worrisome that young people with disabilities participate to lesser extent than other adolescents. Research in this field have mostly focused on consequences and barriers for young people who not participate in sports. Strategies for participation and especially from an equality perspective have been studied less. This study aims to explore how young people with disabilities are involved in sports clubs and how this can be understood within a framework of equality. Methods: this empirical study from Sweden builds on four focus groups including up to five participants from regional sports federations and sports clubs in two Swedish regions. The interviews are analyzed with conceptual pairs such as equality/equity, equality/inequality, inclusion/integration, adapt sport/adapt child and prerequisites/barriers for equality. Results: results are presented about how equality is regarded concerning this target group as well as prerequisites and barriers for equality. Conclusions: it can be concluded that even though young people with disabilities hardly is a homogenous group some overall conclusions can be drawn. A solution is to go from adapting sport for disabled persons to adapting sport for all people. Sports have to be adapted to the participants, not the other way around. Equality in sport implies diversity. Diverse sport, organized differently will lead to more people doing sports for longer in life, which will benefit everyone, both individually and at the societal level. Funding: the study is funded by the Swedish research council for sport science.

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2019.
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Sport and Fitness Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hig:diva-31090OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hig-31090DiVA, id: diva2:1373325
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HEPA Europe Conference 28-20 August 2019, Odense, Denmark
Funder
Swedish National Centre for Research in SportsAvailable from: 2019-11-26 Created: 2019-11-26 Last updated: 2019-11-27Bibliographically approved

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