Perceptions of parents of high school-aged students with Down syndrome regarding school-sponsored extracurricular sport programs.
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Like all students, those with disabilities are recommended to be physically active for 60 minutes a day, at least three days week. However, few students with disabilities (SWD) achieve this level of activity in school or outside of school. Through school-sponsored extracurricular sport (SSES), SWD can engage in more physical activity (PA). There is minimal research on parent perceptions of SSES for high school-aged SWD and how these programs impact lives. This study examined parent perceptions of SSES for high school-aged students with Down syndrome (DS). Questions included demographics, ranking benefits, why students are or are not involved in SSES, reasons for involvement or lack of involvement in SSES, and parent perceptions regarding SSES programs. An online survey was used to collect data from 26 parents of students with DS. Results indicated that parents of high-school aged students with DS wanted SSES programs their child's school district to remain physically active in a social setting. Also, the results revealed that parents want their children to gain self-confidence and become more social through a physically active environment created by SSES.
Sports for children with disabilities--Evaluation