A wide range of sports have been adapted to be played by people with various disabilities, as well as several that are unique to disabled athletes. Within each movement, different sports are practiced at different levels; for example, not all sports in the Paralympic movement are part of the Paralympic Games. In addition, many sports are practiced by persons with a disability outside the formal sports movements.
Statistics: U.K. Disability Sports
According to Active People Survey June 2014;
- 72.1% of disabled people take part in no sport or physical activity, compared to 47.8% of non-disabled people.
- 17.8% of disabled people take part in sport for 30 minutes once a week compared to 39.2% of non disabled people.
- Disabled men are more likely to take part in sport than disabled women. 20.1% of disabled men men take part in 30 minutes of sport a week compared to 15.5.% of disabled women.
- Participation among disabled people is significantly lower across all age groups compared to non-disabled people, but the difference is most notable between people aged between 20 to 25 years old.
- People with sensory impairments (hearing and visual impairments) have the lowest level of participation. 12% of people with a visual impairment and 10% of people with a hearing impairment take part in sport for 30 minutes once a week.
Latest Disability Sports Publications
- Paralympic Sports Events: Infographic Explanations
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