Profile and opinion of people with disability with respect to adapted physical activity participation in Ethiopia

African Journal of Disability

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Title Profile and opinion of people with disability with respect to adapted physical activity participation in Ethiopia
Creator Basha, Getachew K. van Heerden, Hendrik J.
Subject Exercise Science; physical Activity; Adapted physical education disability; adapted physical activity; opinion; participation; Ethiopia
Description Background: Physical activity provides long-term health benefits for everyone and it is considered to play an important role in the deterioration of health predictors, such as overweight and the associated increase in cardiovascular and all-cause mortality.Objective: To explore the profile and opinion of people with disability in Ethiopia, with respect to physical activity participation.Method: The study comprised a questionnaire survey among male and female participants (N = 334) with visual and limb impairment, aged 15–50 years, living in urban and sub-urban areas of Ethiopia. The analyses entailed descriptive frequencies and percentages, with the chi-square statistic to test for significance between subsets of data at p ≤ 0.05.Results: The profile showed participants were mostly male (n = 221, 66.2%; p ≤ 0.05), had completed secondary school (n = 204, 61.1%; p ≤ 0.05), were not formally employed with some being day-labourers (n = 92, 27.5%) and petty traders (n = 71, 21.3%). The majority (p ≤ 0.05) had limb disabilities (n = 190, 57%) as opposed to vision impairment. Only 10% (n = 34; p ≤ 0.0001) confirmed participation in physical activity. More than half (n = 175, 52.7%; p ≤ 0.0001) were unsure whether exercise improves health but the majority (n = 175, 52.4%; p ≤ 0.0001) did agree that participation in adapted physical activity requires better facilities.Conclusion: Ethiopian persons with disabilities are physically inactive. There is need to raise awareness on the benefits of physical activity amongst people with disabilities and for disability friendly facilities to encourage physical activity.
Publisher AOSIS
Contributor Hendrik Johannes van Heerden, University of KwaZulu-Nata, Department of Biokinetics,Exercise, and leisure Science
Date 2020-09-16
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion — Cross sectionalUniversity
Format text/html application/epub+zip text/xml application/pdf
Identifier 10.4102/ajod.v9i0.657
Source African Journal of Disability; Vol 9 (2020); 8 pages 2226-7220 2223-9170
Language eng
Coverage Africa March 2016 Age, Gender, Education, Disability type
Rights Copyright (c) 2020 Getachew K. Basha, Hendrik J. van Heerden