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

Beckman, E. and Rossi, T. and Hanrahan, S. and Rynne, S. and Dorovolomo, Jeremy (2017) The effectiveness of a cricket programme for engaging people with a disability in physical activity in Fiji. International Journal of Disability, Development and Education, NA . NA. ISSN 1034-912X

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Sport has been demonstrably linked to health particularly through community-based education and development programmes. However, research continues to identify low participation rates of people with a disability in sport. Programmes 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 programme delivered in Fiji by Cricket Fiji with support from the International Cricket Council based in Melbourne Australia. A secondary aim was to investigate the relationship between levels of physical activity in the programme and self-esteem and indicators of general adaptive functioning. Results showed that means for self-description scales were high. Step count analysis showed a wide range of steps taken during the programme 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 programme was able to effectively provide physical activity opportunities for people with a disability and provides context to the development of longitudinal programmes that should aim to improve physical activity participation and health literacy in this population long term.

Item Type: Journal Article
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GV Recreation Leisure
Divisions: Faculty of Arts, Law and Education (FALE) > School of Education
Depositing User: Ms Shalni Sanjana
Date Deposited: 14 Nov 2017 22:09
Last Modified: 14 Nov 2017 22:09

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