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Adapted Physical Education

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I N T R O D U C T I O N

Family members play an important role in the physical activity behavior of their children. This is particularly true of children with disabilities who may find it hard to participate in sport and recreation programs independent of their parents. In many cases adolescents with disabilities are less likely to have a large circle of friends. Friends, training partners, and support from others are an important part of physical activity and participation in youth sports programs for all kids. In general physical activity participation is hard for individuals with disabilities. Parents can make a difference in the physical activity behaviors of their child and in turn impact on their own fitness levels.

 

Obesity is an important public health concern and children in general are suffering at an alarming rate from diseases commonly associated with inactivity. Physical activity has many potential benefits for children and their families. First, an active child burns more calories and this may impact on obesity. Second, physical activity has been associated with both mental and physical well being. Finally, physical activity offers a fun way for family members to interact and enjoy free time together. This later point is possible for all families and the following suggestions are meant to help parents of children with disabilities explore the possibilities.

 If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact me via e-mail at fkozub@indiana.edu