Research and commentary

Recognising the barriers to physical activity for children with disabilities

Research highlights the barriers to exercise for young people with disabilities

Wright A, Roberts R, Bowman G et al (2018) Barriers and facilitators to physical activity participation for children with physical disability: comparing and contrasting the views of children, young people, and their clinicians. Disability and Rehabilitation. doi:10.1080/09638288.2018.1432702


Children and young people with disabilities often do not meet recommendations on physical activity and this deprives them of the health benefits of exercise. This study compares clinicians and young people’s views on facilitators and barriers to participating in physical activity for people with physical disabilities.


All participants were recruited through Novita's ConnectABILITY, a non-government referral-based programme in Australia which aims to enhance participation in physical activity for children and young people with disabilities.

Clinicians were recruited using snowball sampling and semi-structured face-to-face interviews were used


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