The effectiveness of a cricket program for engaging people with a disability in physical activity in Fiji

Beckman, Emma, Rossi, Tony, Hanrahan, Stephanie J., Rynne, Steven, & Dorovolomo, Jeremy (2016) The effectiveness of a cricket program for engaging people with a disability in physical activity in Fiji. International Journal of Disability, Development and Education. (In Press)

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Abstract

Sport has been demonstrably linked to health particularly through community-based education and development programs (Rossi, T., Jeanes, R., 2016), as well as to physical and mental well-being. However, research continues to identify low participation rates of people with a disability in sport. Programs to address the participation of people with a disability in sport can be challenging, particularly in locations in the Pacific region. The primary aim of this project was to determine the activity levels of people with a disability during a cricket program delivered in Fiji by Cricket Fiji with support from the International Cricket Council (ICC) based in Melbourne Australia. A secondary aim was to investigate the relationship between levels of physical activity in the program and self-esteem and indicators of general adaptive functioning. Results showed that means for self-description scales were high across participants. Step count analysis showed a wide range of steps taken during the program but similar steps between males and females. Correlations between self-description items and steps showed moderate relationships for self-esteem and confidence. This study showed that the program was able to effectively provide physical activity opportunities for people with a disability and provides some context to the development of longitudinal programs that should aim to improve physical activity participation and health literacy in this population long term.

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ID Code: 98503
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Sport for Development, Disability, Cricket, Fiji
ISSN: 1465-346X
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > CURRICULUM AND PEDAGOGY (130200) > Physical Education and Development Curriculum and Pedagogy (130210)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Exercise & Nutrition Sciences
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2016 Taylor & Francis
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Deposited On: 30 Aug 2016 23:22
Last Modified: 31 Aug 2016 23:31

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