Long Term Health Conditions and Disabilities

A little bit of movement is better than none.

Disabled Adults

  • Each week, adults should try to do 150 minutes (2 hours 30 minutes) of moderate intensity activity, where
  • Muscle strengthening activities should be done at least two days a week, but any strengthening activity is better than none.

Find Out More

The Activity Alliance have created a great guide to support you to get started

Disability Sport Yorkshire

Disability Sport Yorkshire works with its strategic partners, the Activity Alliance and Sport England to meet these objectives, which will bring greater opportunities for people with disabilities; more sports, more choices and the chance to have a say in how sport is planned and delivered.

In addition to this development work, Disability Sport Yorkshire produces an annual calendar of events, activity and sports development days, coaching courses and competitive events for people of all abilities and age groups. In order to do this, Disability Sport Yorkshire employs a professional team of Sports Development Officers and has a Regional Manager as well as Administration and Project Officers to carry out this work.

To view the Disability Sport Yorkshire website click here.

How to Make Your Sessions Accessible

17.0% of disabled people take part in sport for 30 minutes once a week compared to 39.9% of non-disabled people and psychological barriers play the biggest role in preventing disabled people from taking part in sport.

Research has shown that seven out of ten disabled people want to be more active, so how can your club support disabled people to become more active? The key areas below are worth bearing in mind when you are planning the activity and when you’re developing your communications about it.

  • Disabled people don’t want to feel labelled or segregated, and often prefer to take part in general classes. Activities for people with specific impairments or health conditions are right for some and still have an important role to play.
  • Sometimes the only support disabled people may need is to know that they can go at their own pace, stop and take a breather when they like. It’s very important that this can happen in private and without a fuss being made

To view the Sport England Disability Sport map click here.

To view the Activity Alliance resources click here.

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Being physical activity has numerous benefits for people regardless of ability, disability or long-term health condition. It can strengthen bones and muscles, it boosts mood and mental wellbeing, it can create opportunities to meet people and be part of a community.
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