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Adapted Car Hire News Updates: Biggest barrier to sport is psychological, says report

A report released this week suggests the biggest barrier preventing more disabled people from participating in sport is psychological.

The English Federation of Disability Sport (EFDS) carried out an in-depth study after earlier surveys indicated the majority of disabled people believe their health or disability prevent them from playing sport.

The EFDS’s own research highlighted three main barriers to disabled people wanting to participate in sport:

• Physical barriers – this includes facilities and equipment which need to be adapted, or health and safety restrictions which prevent disabled people from participating.

• Logistical barriers – anything from geographical and monetary obstacles to adaptations that have been made but not effectively implemented.

• Psychological barriers – where people’s perceptions, both disabled and non-disabled, are preventing greater participation in sport.

The EFDS report says this final barrier is the most influential and is due to a lack of awareness impacting the way disabled people view sport, and affecting non-disabled people’s attitudes towards disabled people’s ability to play sport.

Barry Horne, Chief Executive of EFDS, says: “This research is especially important given the low participation of disabled people in sport. We hope the findings of our report are used to plan and engage disabled people with all impairments in opportunities, which are more focused on their needs. Whether physical or psychological, barriers in the sporting environment continue to be preventing disabled people enjoying activity at every level.”

In other news, disability charity Scope believes the Paralympic Games will offer an opportunity for ‘greater understanding of disabled people’ which it says could be ‘the real legacy’ that the event leaves behind. The Games may also help debunk some of the perceived barriers currently stopping greater disabled participation in sport.

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