Sports and Disability: Enhanced Health, Self-Efficacy, and Social Inclusion Through Athletic Participation


Tayo Moss, Trenton Joe Landon, Allison Fleming

Abstract


Sports and recreational participation have demonstrated health and social benefits. However, persons with disabilities are typically not provided the same opportunities as people without disabilities. This article discusses the benefits of sports and recreation, and the barriers that have existed for persons with disabilities. The purpose is to demonstrate the need for rehabilitation counselors to consider the utility of physical activity as a way to enhance health, self-efficacy, and community inclusion. Recommendations are presented for rehabilitation counselor advocacy for improved participation in sport and recreational pursuits by persons with disabilities.

Keywords


disability, social inclusion, rehabilitation counseling

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