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Sports – Means of Social Inclusion for Down’s Syndrome Patients

Valeria Bălan () and Gheorghe Marinescu ()
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Valeria Bălan: Lecturer, National University of Physical Education and Sport, Bucharest, Romania
Gheorghe Marinescu: Professor, National University of Physical Education and Sport, Bucharest, Romania.

Revista romaneasca pentru educatie multidimensionala - Journal for Multidimensional Education, 2015, vol. 7, issue 2, 111-117

Abstract: Sports represent a contemporary social reality which has a strong relationship to other possibilities of the physical exercises. Within the physical activities, the feeling of belonging to a group and the capacity of the self-assessment is developed. Down’s syndrome patients who attend sport programmes can gain a series of these specific competences which help them on their way to social integration. Our paper is based on a questionnaire and it is written using the answers of disabled people. Also we used our experiences through activities with these people as well. At the beginning we tested our questionnaire on a few subjects. After modifying and adapting it we could apply our questionnaire on 140 people suffering from Down’s syndrome. These subjects were members of a NGO, practiced different sports and also attended sport competitions. Finally we can state that the influence of the attendance of different sport activities is beneficial and it’s result - the social inclusion- is obvious.

Keywords: Down’s syndrome patients; social inclusion; sport; questionnaire. (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: A23 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2015
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