Individuals with disabilities can gain benefits from physical activity such as enhancing the functioning and health of their heart, lungs, muscles and bones. Flexibility, mobility and coordination can be improved, lessening the negative effects of some conditions or slowing the progression of others. Physical activity is fun and provides a chance to meet people and make new friends.
A little creativity, along with adaptive or customized equipment, can make almost any activity possible, including swimming, horseback riding, cycling, waterskiing, and even rock climbing. People with all types of disabilities–physical, cognitive or developmental can participate.
National Center on Physical Activity and Disability
A wealth of information on physical activity for people with disabilities including exercise guidelines, factsheets on many popular activities, games, recreational pursuits and sports that have been adapted to allow people with disabilities to participate as fully as they wish, how to find a certified inclusive fitness instructor and much more.
Promoting the Participation of Children with Disabilities in Sports, Recreation, and Physical Activities
Clinical report from the American Academy of Pediatrics discusses the importance of physical activity, recreation, and sports participation for children with disabilities and offers practical suggestions to pediatric health care professionals for the promotion of participation.
Adapted Physical Education Resource Manual
The manual offers information and resources related to adapted physical education.
Resources for teachers and school personnel on adapted physical education including skill assessment instruments, lesson plans, research, national standards and including physical education in students’ Individual Educational Plan.
Disabled Sports USA
Network of nationwide sports rehabilitation programs including winter skiing, water sports, summer and winter competitions, fitness and special sports events.