The conspicuous absence of people with disabilities in public fitness and recreation facilities: Lack of interest or lack of access?

Academic Article


  • More than 50 million Americans have a disability. These people face enormous physical, social, and attitudinal barriers toward their participation in physical and recreational activities that they need to maintain their health and wellness. Furthermore, the concept of being "healthy" and "disabled" or "physically active" and "disabled" is not a common visualization in the mainstream media. This paper calls for a more inclusive vision within public health messages that target physical activity participation among its citizens, especially those with disability who are at greater risk for developing health problems associated with sedentary living. Copyright © 2005 by American Journal of Health Promotion, Inc.
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  • Rimmer JH
  • Start Page

  • 327
  • End Page

  • 329
  • Volume

  • 19
  • Issue

  • 5