Exploring the accessibility of leisure facilities in Munster for people with physical disabilities

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dc.contributor.advisor Lynch, Helen en
dc.contributor.author Hannon, Bríd
dc.contributor.other Cork Sports Partnership
dc.contributor.role Civil Society Organization en
dc.date.accessioned 2019-10-09T08:41:16Z
dc.date.available 2019-10-09T08:41:16Z
dc.date.issued 2014-05-09
dc.identifier.citation Hannon, B. (2014) Exploring the accessibility of leisure facilities in Munster for people with physical disabilities. Cork: Community-Academic Research Links, University College Cork. en
dc.identifier.endpage 69 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10468/8728
dc.description.abstract There are numerous benefits associated with physical exercise for people with physical disabilities. However they remain a largely inactive group. The purpose of this study was to identify various physical, attitudinal and policy based barriers and facilitators associated with engagement in physical activity for people with physical disabilities within the setting of leisure and fitness facilities in the Munster region. A quantitative cross-sectional descriptive study was conducted using online questionnaires. The questionnaire examined facilities physical access, ascertained what equipment and policies the centre had and leisure and fitness professionals attitudes and training in relation to people with physical disabilities. Data were collected from thirty leisure and fitness professionals. The majority of facilities in the study had accessible features pertaining to parking areas, changing rooms and showers. Most facilities did not have automatic entrance doors and had limited availability of dual-use exercise equipment. The majority of facilities do not charge personal assistants. A minority of respondents reported that guide dogs were not permitted on the premises. Lack of specific training in disability awareness was also identified as a common barrier. In addition very few facilities included people with disabilities as a target-market group. Findings from this preliminary study provide future directions for further research into the accessibility of Irish leisure and fitness facilities. Through a combined individualised and population approach, Occupational Therapists have a significant role in advocating for equal access to facilities, and for the enablement of people to engage in meaningful occupations that contribute positively to health and wellbeing. en
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher Community-Academic Research Links, University College Cork en
dc.relation.ispartofseries CARL Research Reports;30
dc.relation.uri https://www.ucc.ie/en/scishop/rr/
dc.rights ©2014, Bríd Hannon. en
dc.subject Accessibility en
dc.subject Leisure and fitness facilities en
dc.subject Barriers to participation en
dc.title Exploring the accessibility of leisure facilities in Munster for people with physical disabilities en
dc.type Report en
dc.type.qualificationname Occupational Therapy, Year 4 en
dc.internal.availability Full text available en
dc.description.version Published Version en
dc.description.status Not peer reviewed en
dc.internal.placepublication Cork en

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