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01 July 2021

Personalized training for people with disabilities

Personalized training for people with disabilities

According to the 2011 Census, in Portugal, around 11% of the resident population has some type of physical, intellectual or sensory limitation and in 2010, only 0.3% of the population with disabilities was classified as a federated practitioner of a sport (data from the Portuguese Federation of Sports for People with Disabilities).


These data lead us to conclude that a large part of the Portuguese disabled population doesn’t enjoy regular physical or informal physical and sports activities and, consequently, doesn’t reach the minimum levels of weekly physical and sports activity recommended for the achievement of an active and healthy lifestyle.


Presenting a certain limitation shouldn’t be an absolute and inhibiting barrier to achieving favorable physical and functional fitness. There is a consensus among researchers about the positive effects of regular physical exercise in people with disabilities, namely, at the physical-biological, social and psychological level.


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Given such evidence, how can personalized training make physical exercise a healthy habit and help people with disabilities to improve their physical condition?


Personalized training is associated with a broad concept of health promotion. Trainings adapted to each person are prescribed and it’s important that they don’t generate inferiority complexes and that they are endowed with strategies that demonstrate their potential. In addition, personalized training can mitigate risks associated with sedentary behavior and susceptible to higher incidences of cardiovascular, oncological, metabolic and obesity diseases. It can provide an increase in the sense of well-being, enhance social and communication skills, fight social isolation and prevent the development of mental illnesses.


It’s extremely important that family members of people with disabilities feel involved in this process, in order to see how much these positive effects are implicit in the movement of the body, in the stimulation of the mind and in the opportunity for socialization among peers, and see personalized training as a viable answer that generates a positive impact on the continuous improvement of the quality of life of these people.


By Nicole Monteiro, Personal Trainer at the BodyLab Academy.


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References:

FPDD. (2011, march). Activity Report and Accounts 2010. Olival Basto.https://fpdd.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/Relatorio_de-Atividades_e_Contas_2016-min.pdf
Warbunton, D.E., Nicol, C. W., & Bredin, S.S. (2006). Health benefits of physical activity: the evidence. Canadian Medical Association Journal, 174(6), 801-809.
Winnick, J. (Ed.), (2005). Adapted physical education and sport (4ªEd.). Champaign: Human Kinetics.