Conditions of participation in sport clubs for people with disabilities

Albrecht, Julia; Klenk, Christoffer; Nagel, Siegfried (14 June 2017). Conditions of participation in sport clubs for people with disabilities. In: Slepičková, Irena (ed.) The 14th European Association for Sociology of Sport Conference: The Values of Sport: Between tradition and (post)modernity (p. 100). Prag: UK FTVS

Sport participation provides important bio-psycho-social benefits for people with disabilities. However, the disabled population’s engagement in physical activity is less than the non-disabled, especially in the organized sport setting. Moreover, people with disabilities often practice sport in separate settings, suggesting there are various barriers to sport participation (Jaarsma et al., 2014). This research considers conditions at the organizational level of disability and regular sport clubs that affect club culture (e.g. values), formal structure (e.g. resources) and practices (e.g. social interactions) (Booth & Ainscow, 2002). The research compares the conditions of separate training groups for people with disabilities with inclusive ones for people with and without disabilities.
A case study of 15 training groups (9 separate, 6 inclusive) in Switzerland with observations of training sessions and interviews with coaches was conducted. In addition, club officials completed a questionnaire on club structure. Initial results reveal greater differences between different disability forms than between settings. For example, training groups for people with mental disabilities require less complex and fewer exercises. The results might help designing measures to increase sport participation of people with disabilities in sport clubs.

Booth, T. & Ainscow, M. (2002). Index for Inclusion. Bristol: Centre for Studies on Inclusive Education (CSIE).
Jaarsma, E. A., Dijkstra, P. U., Geertzen J. H. B. & Dekker, R. (2014). Barriers to and facilitators of sports participation for people with physical disabilities: A systematic review. Scandinavian Journal of Medicine & Science in Sports, 24, 871–881.

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07 Faculty of Human Sciences > Institute of Sport Science (ISPW)
07 Faculty of Human Sciences > Institute of Sport Science (ISPW) > Sport Sociology and Management

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Albrecht, Julia; Klenk, Christoffer and Nagel, Siegfried


700 Arts > 790 Sports, games & entertainment
300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology








Julia Brigitte Albrecht

Date Deposited:

21 Jun 2017 14:42

Last Modified:

26 Jun 2017 09:47

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disability sport, integration, sport clubs, sport participation


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