Understanding sport as a therapy choice
Cerebral Palsy Sport and EFDS have also commissioned and published research into disability and sport over the past few years.
An outline of one of our key projects is provided below:
Working alongside Cerebral Palsy Sport and WheelPower, EFDS has conducted a quantitative study in conjunction with the Association of Paediatric Chartered Physiotherapists. The objective of this research was to understand the extent to which young disabled people use sport as a therapy choice. 159 physiotherapists completed an online survey. Key findings reported that:
- Physiotherapists have a positive perception of sport and physical activity and see it as a significant part of therapy.
- 85% of physiotherapists saw a lot of value in referring disabled young people to sport and physical activity (100% saw at least some value).
- 99% of physiotherapists use sport and physical activity as a treatment option for at least some patients
- However, physiotherapists are currently limited in their awareness and knowledge of local provision to sign post to, and are frustrated at the limited training available about including sport as part of therapy.
You can read the full report below: