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Perspectives of organizations to spread sport among people with disabilities

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Perspectives of organizations to spread sport among people with disabilities

Andrea Flores explores how different sports associations and official bodies can help people with disabilities engage in sport and integrate into society.

The world around us is very diverse, made up of people with different capacities, abilities, and aptitudes, and we believe that society is prepared to include people with functional diversity in our day-to-day actions. But even inclusion is difficult to carry out due to the many prejudices and thoughts that exist about this topic. Lately, there is talk of the importance of sport as a means of social transformation because it can influence and help people feel integrated into society.

The main challenge for this group of people is recognition and full integration into society. Sport can play a key role in this regard because it is the link that allows this group of people to interact with routine activities.

Inactivity and a sedentary lifestyle are another of inconvenience that these people suffer due to their physical or mental limitations because they prefer to be at home than to go out, since they normally require extra help or supervision.

On the other hand, more and more, there are local associations and official bodies that protect people with disabilities, helping them to be able to integrate into society, find a job, study, occupy their leisure time, and, above all, in recent years they are committed to sports activities. For this reason, associations of this type play a fundamental role in the development of people with disabilities.

The implementation of low and medium impact sports programs is the initial way to bring physical activity closer to this group. Many of these people have never considered practicing sports and others are unaware of the advantages it can bring them. For this reason, these associations must contemplate general sports programs that include, on the one hand, maintenance activities and mobility exercises with a social component, and on the other, initiation activities to a sports discipline and even the fact of being able to participate in a competition.

To carry out the initiation of a sport, collaboration with sports clubs and entities of the city is essential to take advantage of the resources of personnel, material, and knowledge about sports. The alliance of these associations with the sports sector allows these people to have a feeling of belonging, by being able to join a team or group, to wear the same equipment, to compete, to feel active, and to share the space with other people from that club to help them interact. The purpose of this set of actions is that this group of people feel fulfilled, satisfied, and that their motor skills evolve significantly.

To successfully develop sports programs, the figure of professionals is necessary, people who are trained both in the sports part and in the pedagogical part. Associations should work with reference personnel in each program because the figure of this professional allows children and young people to get to know, feel comfortable, and gain confidence with the people around them. The creation of social ties and the interaction between them and their closest environment is qualitative learning and a fundamental aspect in the development of their capacities.

To evaluate the effectiveness of sports programs, apart from having specific programming in line with the specific abilities of the group of people and a training itinerary for the sports discipline, the creation of indicators that assess the effectiveness of the program must be taken into account as well as measuring the impact they create on the participants and society.

For the progress and evolution of this group in the history of sports, including people with disabilities in sports environments and bringing them closer to the possibility of physical activity contributes to personal growth and improvement. In the future, this group of people, if they start practicing sports at an early age, can be an example to follow for future generations, and thus they are reflected in athletes of the same condition.

As a society, it is in our power to bring the practice of physical activity closer to the population as a whole and facilitate access to those with more difficulties, in this case, people with disabilities. Sport contributes numerous values, let us make them shared and disseminated to provide the opportunity to make sports practice accessible to anyone.

Andrea Flores, is a sports consultant at Itik Consulting, and also collaborates with a local association for the intellectually disabled (ADISGA) that carries out different sports programs that promote the practice of soccer and the importance of physical activity, among other cultural and leisure activities.

[This article has been edited by the Operating Team.]


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Wednesday, November 25, 2020 - 18:39