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Identifying the barriers and facilitators to participation in physical activity for children with Down syndrome

Barr, M., Shields, N.,

Academic Literature

2011

The aim of this study was to explore the barriers and facilitators to physical activity for children with Down syndrome.

In-depth interviews were conducted with parents of children with Down syndrome. Four themes on facilitators of physical activity were identified: (1) the positive role of the family; (2) opportunity for social interaction with peers; (3) structured accessible programmes that make adaptations for children with Down syndrome; and (4) children who were determined to succeed and physically skilled. Four themes on the barriers to physical activity were also identified: (1) characteristics commonly associated with Down syndrome; (2) competing family responsibilities; (3) reduced physical or behavioural skills; and (4) a lack of accessible programmes.

The results highlight the important role of families in determining how much physical activity children with Down syndrome undertake.

Publication information

Journal/Publication : Journal of Intellectual Disability Research

Location : International

Domain/s: Health and wellbeing, Social relationships

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