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Physical Activity for Children and Youth with Physical Disabilities: A Case Study on Implementation in the Municipality Setting

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Active Living, Institute of Sports Science and Clinical Biomechanics, University of Southern Denmark, 5230 Odense, Denmark
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Research and Implementation Centre for Human Movement and Learning, University of Southern Denmark, 5230 Odense, Denmark
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Academic Editors: José M. Aguilar-Parra and Rubén Trigueros-Ramos
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2022, 19(10), 5791; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph19105791
Received: 17 March 2022 / Revised: 28 April 2022 / Accepted: 6 May 2022 / Published: 10 May 2022
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Physical Activity, Physical Education and Disability)
Children and youth with disabilities participate less in physical activity (PA) than their peers. This qualitative multiple-case study aimed to assess how municipal practices support PA implementation for these children and youth. A total of 23 interviews were conducted, which covered participants from different departments and professional positions in two municipalities. Local policy documents were included. A thematic analysis was performed, which was based on Winter’s integrated implementation model and Gittell’s theory on relational coordination. The study findings indicate how PA implementation for children and youth with disabilities is a complex challenge that involves several departments and agents. The study demonstrates that having an explicit policy that focuses on parasport can positively influence organisational and interorganisational behaviour, and that coordinating consultants seem to play an essential role in PA implementation. However, there is room for improvement at the municipal level in order to promote a better overall performance in terms of the support for PA participation of children and youth with disabilities. View Full-Text
Keywords: physical activity; children and youth; physical disabilities; municipal practices; implementation physical activity; children and youth; physical disabilities; municipal practices; implementation
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Præst, C.B.; Skovgaard, T. Physical Activity for Children and Youth with Physical Disabilities: A Case Study on Implementation in the Municipality Setting. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2022, 19, 5791. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph19105791

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Præst CB, Skovgaard T. Physical Activity for Children and Youth with Physical Disabilities: A Case Study on Implementation in the Municipality Setting. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2022; 19(10):5791. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph19105791

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Præst, Charlotte B., and Thomas Skovgaard. 2022. "Physical Activity for Children and Youth with Physical Disabilities: A Case Study on Implementation in the Municipality Setting" International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 19, no. 10: 5791. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph19105791

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