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Adapting sports proves vital in supporting people with cerebral palsy to get active

Posted: Wed, 01 Nov 2017 13:38

Adapting sports proves vital in supporting people with cerebral palsy to get active

New research released by national charity, Cerebral Palsy Sport highlights the importance of their adapted sports programme in supporting people with cerebral palsy to be more active. The results confirm that adapting sports by modifying rules and equipment can enable and encourage more people to take part and enjoy sport and physical activity.

Cerebral Palsy Sport commissioned Sheffield Hallam University Sport Industry Research Centre to evaluate the delivery and impact of the charity's three adapted sports: RaceRunning, Frame Football and Touch Golf. The study examined each sport to establish if it was fit for purpose and understand the impact that taking part has on participants.

The new report, titled CP Sport: showing the benefits of adapted sports, highlights key findings about current participation levels in these adapted sports, people's motivations and barriers to taking part. In addition, how being active makes participants feel physically and mentally. The findings include:

  • Almost a quarter (23 per cent) of survey respondents did not take part in any form of physical activity before taking part in one or more adapted sports.
  • Nine in ten (90 per cent) people who have taken part in CP Sport's adapted sports said it was fun and enjoyable.
  • Eight in ten (83 per cent) participants said the activities help them to keep physically active.
  • Since taking part in an adapted sport, participants reported that they are now physically active more often - average increase of 45 minutes per day.
  • Seven in ten (77 per cent) participants feel that their self-esteem and confidence has improved as a result of taking part in an adapted sport.
  • There was a significant increase in people's feelings of overall life satisfaction after taking part in CP Sport's adapted sport activities. Life satisfaction scores increased from 'good' (3.13 mean score) to 'very good' (4.46 mean score) based on a 1-5 scale with 1 being 'poor' and 5 being 'excellent'.

Talking about the importance of this research for people with cerebral palsy, Ali Talbot, Chief Executive of Cerebral Palsy Sport said:

"The findings from this study highlight the impact and need to develop adapted sports, to meet the needs of people with cerebral palsy and other impairments, who want to be more physically active and take part in sport. We look forward to working with our partners to develop the adapted sports of RaceRunning, Frame football and Touch Golf so many more people can access these sporting opportunities."

These results follow the recent announcement from World Para Athletics that RaceRunning will be included in competitions from 2018. This news and the latest research provides further confirmation that Cerebral Palsy Sport's work to develop and deliver adapted sports has been successful.

CP Sport: benefits of adapted sports report is available here.

For more information about Cerebral Palsy Sport, please visit: www.cpsport.org

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