Participation patterns in an urban Special Olympics programme
• Purpose of the study was to examine participation patterns of people with intellectual disabilities in Special Olympics.
• Participation of athletes according to age, sex and sports participated in were analysed.
• Findings indicated that the demographics of this Special Olympics cohort were predominantly male, older in years than other sport organisations and engaged in a small number of sports.
• Results indicated there are significant gaps in relation to participation that may have long-term impacts on health for people with intellectual disabilities.