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ERIC Number: EJ826635
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Jan
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 42
ISSN: ISSN-0736-5829
The Sport Experience of Athletes with Intellectual Disabilities: A National Survey of Special Olympics Athletes and Their Families
Harada, Coreen M.; Siperstein, Gary N.
Adapted Physical Activity Quarterly, v26 n1 p68-85 Jan 2009
The purpose of this study was to examine the sport experience for athletes with intellectual disabilities (ID) who participate in Special Olympics (SO). This study included a nationally representative sample of 1,307 families and 579 athletes in the U.S., focusing on sport involvement over the lifespan and motives for participating and for leaving SO. Athletes with ID are similar to athletes without disabilities in that sport is a significant life experience. They participate in sport for fun (54%) and social inter-action (21%). Like athletes without disabilities, SO athletes leave sport because of changes in interest (38%) but also because of program availability (33%). These findings suggest that we continue to document the involvement of people with ID in sports and work to expand the sport opportunities available. (Contains 6 tables and 3 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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