Laura Sharman 16 February 2022

New guidelines to help disabled children be more active

New guidelines to help disabled children be more active image
Image: Denis Kuvaev / Shutterstock.com

The first ever guidelines on physical activity for disabled children and young people have been published today by the UK Chief Medical Officers.

The guidelines recommend levels of physical activity for disabled children, which includes 20 minutes of exercise per day and strength and balance activity three times a week.

Research from Durham University, University of Bristol and Disabilities Rights UK found physical activity can be equally beneficial for disabled children and young people as non-disabled children. However, children and young people with disabilities are less likely to be active than non-disabled children, which can lead to health disparities.

Professor Brett Smith, director of research, Department of Sport and Exercise Sciences at Durham University, said: 'The scientific evidence is clear that physical activity is safe and has multiple health benefits for disabled children and disabled young people.

'The infographic, that has been co-produced with over 250 disabled children and disabled young people, their parents and carers, aims to communicate these guidelines in an accessible and meaningful way.'

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