An initial evaluation of a long-term, sustainable, integrated community-based physical activity program for adults with intellectual disability

Kerrie Lante, Jeff Walkley, Merrilyn Gamble, Maria Vassos

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    Abstract

    Background Physical activity (PA) programs for adults with intellectual disability (ID) have positive impacts, at least in the short term. No research has been reported on the effect of long-term engagement in PA programs for adults with ID. This paper explores the physical and psychosocial benefits gained by two individuals with mild ID who participated in a long-term PA program. Method Accelerometery was used to collect PA data during the program and for 7-day periods outside of the program. To explore the psychosocial outcomes gained from participating in the program, participants and their caregivers were interviewed about their participation experiences. Results Across time, a decrease in the amount of light activity engaged in during sessions was found, with participants gradually increasing their moderate to vigorous activity. Psychosocial benefits, including meeting new people and gaining social acknowledgement were reported by participants and caregivers. Conclusions Long-term, sustainable, low cost PA programs (such as the one under investigation) can minimise barriers to physical activity for people with ID.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)197-206
    Number of pages10
    JournalJournal of Intellectual and Developmental Disability
    Volume36
    Issue number3
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Sep 2011

    Keywords

    • Community inclusion
    • Intellectual disability
    • Intervention
    • Physical activity

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