Adapted Sport and Recreation Summer Camps

Influence of a one week-long adapted physical activity camp

This camp is centered around giving campers with physical disabilities the opportunity to experience various adapted sport, recreation and leisure activities. Campers will get to challenge themselves physically through activities including: sledge hockey, climbing, wheelchair sports, gymnastics, dance, and many more.


What are we trying to find out?

Our goal is to examine the perspectives that youth with physical disabilities and their parents have about physical activity and what barriers and facilitators to participation may exist for them. We want to determine if the Adapted Sport and Recreation Camp facilitates a pathway to regular participation in physical activity. We will explore the perceived psychosocial benefits of participation in the camp. We will examine physical activity intensity levels prior to participation in camp, during camp, and after camp. We want to know if the camp and physical activity have an impact on quality of life.

Who is participating in this study?

Youth with physical disabilities (able to walk with or with out supports and/or self-propel), aged 7-18 years, able to follow instructions given to a group. Individuals who may or may not be available to attend the Adapted Sport and Recreation Summer Camp.

Why are we doing this research?

Physical activity (PA) is important in maintaining a healthy lifestyle, yet accessible opportunities are slim for those with disabilities. PA is integral to children’s health, growth, fitness, and psychological wellbeing. Youth with disabilities are more susceptible to chronic physical and psychosocial health conditions than typically developing youth. However, these conditions are not inevitable and participation in regular PA can reduce the risk of and/or ameliorate many of these problems. Factors contributing to low levels of participation in PA by youth with disabilities are complex, but though to be due to environmental barriers, economic issues, social barriers, low self-esteem, and lack of information, transportation, trained staff, and a support system. The need for formal programs is of utmost importance for adolescents, as the number of available programs for youth declines with age, and adolescents are less likely to participate in inclusive environments due to social issues. An inclusive environment is one in which both typically developing youth and those with disabilities can participate. Social barriers are particularly important for adolescents, as cognitive development leads to increased awareness of differences in skills between typically developing children and those with disabilities.

What do participants have to do?

All participants will be asked to meet with our researchers prior to camp to be fitted with wrist and/or waist ActiGraphs and a heart rate monitor. They will be asked to wear these devices for 1 week (7 days and 7 nights) so that we can learn how much time they spend sitting stationary, how much time they are moving, and how much time they spend moving at a high intensity. Participants will also be asked to complete 4 surveys: the Children’s Attraction to Physical Activity (CAPA) scale, the Self-Perception Profile for Children Questionnaire, a Physical Activity Questionnaire, and the EQ-5DY.

Individuals who are able to participate in the summer camp will be asked to wear the ActiGraph(s) and heart rate monitor during camp and complete the surveys on the last day of camp. Campers and parents may be asked to participate in an interview/focus group after camp to learn about the perceptions of PA and barriers and facilitators of participation in PA. All participants will be asked to wear ActiGraph(s) and heart rate monitors 6 months following camp and 1 year following camp.

Study Partners

Vi Riddell Pediatric Rehabilitation Research Program

Vi Riddell Pediatric Rehabilitation Research Program

University of Calgary

University of Calgary Active Living

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Jumpstart

Jumpstart

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Ares Pentathlon and Fencing Club

Ares Pentathlon and Fencing Club

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braceworks

braceworks

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Calgary Sledge Hockey Association

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Calgary Quidditch Club

Calgary Quidditch Club

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Dubasov Dance

Dubasov Dance

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Osuna Karate

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Taking Strides

Taking Strides

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Ultimate Wheelchair Sports Foundation

Ultimate Wheelchair Sports Foundation

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University of Calgary

University of Calgary Climbing Centre

University of Calgary

University of Calgary Gymnastics Club

Wheelchair Sports Alberta

Wheelchair Sports Alberta

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