Participation patterns in an urban Special Olympics programme

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• 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.

Keywords: Athletes; disability sports; participation; special olympics

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1468-3156.2008.00496.x

Publication date: March 1, 2009

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