(Dis)Abled Athletes Maddox underwood

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Although sports may be dangerous for disabled kids, it also teaches how to be a competitor and will ensure a brighter future.

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Integrated Sports Pros

Integrated sports is regular sports like you and I would play obviously in this scenario a kid with a disability would participate too. Integrated sports will give disabled kids a great experience because they will learn how to overcome things as a team, which they won't be able to learn on there own. Like all of the options it will keep the kids active and less prompt to obesity and health risks in the future. Integrated sports will teach the disabled children about leadership and will improve kids social and quality of life.

Integrated Sports Cons

Integrated sports may be dangerous depending on the disability because contact with other kids, without disabilities, may seriously injure or even kill them. Without a doubt a disabled child should ask there doctor about participating in integrated sports.

Individual Sports Pros

Disabled athletes have made a huge splash in individual sports as many are participating in Olympic Games and collegiate levels. By participating in individual sports like track and swimming students will improve their self-esteem and self-confidence. And obviously stay active and improve there physical state. Many of the well known athletes are Oscar Pistorius (A South African track star without legs) and most popular Bethany Hamilton (Surfer without one arm).

Individual Sports Cons

While individual sports are great for many things there are some downsides. One being the experience. By participating in individual sports the disabled child won’t get to learn about teamwork and leadership as opposed to other sports. So this might not be the the best option for disabled kids if they want to learn about what it's like to be part of a team.

Modified Sports Pros

This is a way to participate in sports like football while staying safe, this is due to softer and better injury prevention equipment and the field also shrunk. Kids will still learn sportsmanship, hard work, leadership, and teamwork by participating.

Modified Sports Cons

Kids won’t be playing the exact sports because they are made to keep contact at a limit so there’s as little risk of injury as possible. So obviously the equipment is different along with the rules. This may not be as appealing to kids with disabilities

What's the best option for kids

The best option for kids depends on the type of disability of the child and what they want to achieve by participating in sports. If children want to exercise, stay in shape, and have fun the best option may be individual. But if the disabled child wants to get a similar experience to what they see on TV while staying safe then the child should probably lean toward modified sports. Now integrated sports would be best in a scenario where the disability won't be putting their body in a very serious risk of injury. This would be best for those kids because than they are able to feel as if they have no disability which is what most kids want anyway. So the answer is clearly depending on the risk their body would be put into.

Links

https://supportforoscar.wordpress.com/2013/12/03/united-nations-international-day-of-persons-with-disabilities/

Http://www.facebook.com/GlobalSportsDevelopment. “Kids with Disabilities Should Play Sports, Too.” Global Sports Development, 13 Oct. 2014,

globalsportsdevelopment.org/kids-disabilities-play-sports/. The author is credible because the website is a sports development foundation. The info provided is relevant and it brings a non bias approach. It has specific facts and reasoning to back up the topic. The purpose of the website is to encourage kids with disabilities to participate in sports and physical activity.

Http://www.facebook.com/GlobalSportsDevelopment. “Kids with Disabilities Should Play Sports, Too.” Global Sports Development, 13 Oct. 2014, globalsportsdevelopment.org/kids-disabilities-play-sports/. The author is credible because the website is a sports development foundation. The info provided is relevant and it brings a non bias approach. It has specific facts and reasoning to back up the topic. The purpose of the website is to encourage kids with disabilities to participate in sports and physical activity.

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