Problems And Prospectus For Special Population Towards Participation In Sports

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Kashif Mehmood , Dr. Mohibullah Khan Marwat , Muhammad Safdar Ali , Dr. Rahila Nizami , Yasir Iqbal , Manzar Shahab , Samera Saman , Sofia Saba


Background: The main focus of this study was to identify challenges experienced in sports participation by children with disabilities. Objective: To examine the main problems and prospectus for special population towards their participation in sports. Methodology: This study employed a cross-sectional and analytical research design. Convenient sampling technique was used for the selection of sample. Requisite information on the different variables such as the nature of the disability, the duration in the institution and sports related data were obtained through the questionnaire. The descriptive analysis involved the computation of frequency distributions of the responses. Non-Parametric analysis was done for hypothesis testing as the data was categorical. 

Results: The results indicated that physical challenges were being experienced by children with disabilities (CWDs). There were 3% students who reported “having no opportunity, 8% reported not having special aids and equipment, and 19% reported lack of sports fields, and 5% reported poor fitness” are the main challenges in sports participation. They also reported that psychological challenges also hindered their participation in sports. There were 6.1% who reported “fear of being rejected, 15.2% reported not being able to do sports, and 78.8% reported their own health” as challenges to take part in sports. They also reported that social factors including “financial problems (93.9%) and non-availability of trained coaches (6.1%)” as another type of challenge to take part in sports. Conclusion: The findings of this study showed that internal motivation was present as CWDs want to play sports. Rather it is important to provide the necessary support from the administration of the schools and the Government of the Punjab.

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