Disability and wellbeing

The importance of sport

Sport can play an important role in the health and wellbeing of many lives, but can also have an even bigger impact on the lives of those who live with a disability. Partaking in regular sport and exercise can offer physical fitness, inclusion and social interaction for every participant and is a great catalyst in overcoming barriers and prejudices. Studies carried out over the last 30 years have also highlighted the improved mental, as well as physical wellbeing of those who are involved with sports.

Sporting empowerment

Sport can help elevate the participants' mood and self-confidence, leading to a greater sense of inclusion and at the same time independence. This sense of empowerment can then be carried beyond the sporting arena and into everyday life and can help a person with a disability feel equal and included. Partaking in sport is a great way to build up your confidence and an excellence way to improve communication and leadership skills.

New role and opportunities

Sport can also create new roles and opportunities for people with disabilities on an international level, with sporting events such as the Paralympics applauding the athletic achievements of those with physical disabilities. This in turn can help to create an improved sense of national identity and provides everyone with a love for sport, and a chance to compete at the highest level.

Breaking down barriers

Every person deserves a happy and contented life regardless of their physical condition and sport is able to break down the barriers and beliefs and bring people together. There are many local initiatives that can help bridge this gap, and you need only take the time to investigate and get in contact with likeminded individuals to set your physical and mental wellbeing into action.