Recreational Physical Activity Experiences Among Guatemalan Families With Children With Visual Impairments

in Journal of Physical Activity and Health
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Background:

Nationwide research indicates that children with visual impairment have limited participation in recreational and sport activities than their peers. This is due in part to the lack of recreational opportunities and facilities, as well as a lack of awareness by parents of how and where their children can participate. The purpose of the current study was to explore the experiences of Latino families of children with visual impairments living in Guatemala regarding physical recreation. Participants were Latino parents (N = 13) who have children with visual impairments recruited from a sport camp.

Methods:

Qualitative data were gathered through one-on-one interviews that were transcribed and analyzed through a constant comparative analysis.

Results:

Participating Latino families who resided in Guatemala City participated at least once a month in low budget recreational activities with their children with visual impairments. Activities were mostly done in local surroundings and led mainly by their mother. Benefits identified by the participants related to relaxation, socialization, and sense of independence, with minimal mention of health related benefits.

Conclusions:

There is a need to disseminate information to the Latino community with children with visual impairments regarding the multiple benefits that arise from being involved in recreational physical activities.

Columna (lcolumna@syr.edu) is with the Dept of Exercise Science, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY. Fernández-Vivó is with the Dept of Physical Education, University of Puerto Rico-Mayagüez, Mayagüez, Puerto Rico. Lieberman is with the Dept of Kinesiology, Sport Studies, and Physical Education, The College at Brockport, Brockport, NY. Arndt is with the Dept of Inclusive Education, St. John Fisher College, Rochester, NY.

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