Sports Medicine, Persons with Diabilities: Participation in Sports and Physical Activities

The AAFP encourages participation of persons with disabilities in sports and physical activities to the full extent of their abilities in the appropriate setting. Family physicians need to become informed about the unique risks of athletes with disabilities and their involvement in sports and physical activity.

The AAFP recognizes that a program of regular exercise for persons with disabilities contributes to improved health, rehabilitation, a sense of self-worth and improved productivity.

The AAFP recognizes that appropriate supervision, facilities and accessibility should be integral parts of any sports and physical activities for individuals with disabilities. (1996) (2013 COD)