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People with Physical Disabilities playing Light Volleyball: A Qualitative Study in Hong Kong

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Ka Man Leung ,

The Education University Of Hong Kong, HK
About Ka Man

Ka Man Leung has a PhD from Hong Kong Baptist University and two Master's degrees in Exercise and Sport Studies from Boise State University and Sport and Leisure Management from Hong Kong Baptist University. He is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Health and Physical Education at Education University of Hong Kong. His areas of research interest are - older adults, children, environmental correlates to physical activity (especially walking), light volleyball, sitting light volleyball (adapted physical activity), physical activity promotion, physical activity measurement and esports.

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William Chu,

Hong Kong Baptist University, HK
About William

 

William Chu is a Research Assistant at the Department of Health and Physical Education of Education University of Hong Kong. His areas of research interests are - sitting light volleyball (adapted physical activity) and esports.
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Ming-Yu Wong

Hong Kong Baptist University, HK
About Ming-Yu

Ming-Yu Wong is currently pursuing a MSc. degree in Education from University of Glasgow and is also completing his PhD in Sport and Physical Education from Hong Kong Baptist University. He specialises in the areas of positive psychology and health.

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Abstract

Purpose: This study aimed at understanding the perceptions of people with physical disabilities regarding playing Light Volleyball (LVB), identifying the possible constraints and risks they might face while playing, and providing their suggestions for fine-tuning the Light Volleyball intervention programmes.

Method: Four focus group interviews were conducted with 17 participants who joined the Light Volleyball trial programme. The participants were 11 males and 6 females, with an average age of 53.5 years (SD=11.83 years). People with poliomyelitis (n = 15), spinal cord injury (n = 1), hearing impairment (n = 1) were included.

Results: Participants indicated improved reactivity and coordination, happiness, cooperation in team, happiness, and novelty in general as positive outcomes while playing Light Volleyball. They preferred to play in the seated position (i.e., sitting light volleyball - SLVB), and with simpler rules. They believed that their ability to play Light Volleyball was subject to their body constraints.

Conclusion: Sitting Light Volleyball can be one of the new physical activity options for future sport promotion among people with physical disabilities in the community. The effectiveness of playing Sitting Light Volleyball in enhancing health among people with physical disabilities needs to be studied in future.

How to Cite: Leung, K.M., Chu, W. and Wong, M.-Y., 2020. People with Physical Disabilities playing Light Volleyball: A Qualitative Study in Hong Kong. Disability, CBR & Inclusive Development, 31(3), pp.138–150. DOI: http://doi.org/10.47985/dcidj.400
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Published on 19 Dec 2020.

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