Sport is an important part of life, especially for children, with the benefits of physical activity invaluable. This is the same for children with disabilities.
Many studies have shown that children with disabilities generally have lower levels of physical fitness, with research demonstrating that a sedentary lifestyle and lower levels of fitness are associated with shorter attention spans, limitations in motor development and lack of motivation.
Physical exercise has proven benefits for everyone, regardless of cognitive, neurological or physical ability. So, getting out and being active should be prioritised where possible.
HenderCare Physiotherapist, Varisha, explains some of the benefits of getting people with disabilities involved in sports:
“Getting people with disabilities involved in sports is a great way to promote physical and mental wellbeing, in a fun group environment.
It is a great way to promote social interactions, build effective communication and problem-solving skills, alongside improving physical strength, endurance, and balance.”
Some other benefits of regular physical activity are:
- Enhanced physical fitness
- Better bone density
- Improved motor skills
- Improved cognitive health
- Improved self-esteem
To read more on the importance of physical activity for children with disabilities, click here.