Physically and Mentally Challenged Athletes

Individuals with physical and intellectual disabilities regularly compete in sports alongside athletes with and without similar disabilities. This entry outlines the benefits of sports and exercise for individuals with disabilities and provides information on participation levels, barriers, special considerations, and program design. The discussion is intentionally broad because individuals with disabilities represent a heterogeneous population and each individual has his or her own unique needs. This entry provides general guidelines that could assist coaches, fitness instructors, health professionals, and teachers ...

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