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Psychosocial effects of competitive Boccia program in persons with severe chronic disability

Sharon Barak, PhD, et al.

People with severe chronic physical disabilities may experience serious psychosocial problems. Competitive sports have been reported to improve pychosocial status. However, outcomes were mostly attributed to athletes with relatively mild impairments. Boccia is a popular competitive sport for athletes with a severe disability. We examined the effects of a competitive Boccia program on quality of life, self-esteem, anxiety and mood, compared with a recreational Boccia program and no physical activity training, in residents of a severe chronic disabilities rehabilitation center. The rehabilitation program had a positive effect on all study groups. However, the competitive groups demonstrated greater number of favorable changes. http://dx.doi.org/10.1682/JRRD.2015.08.0156

Volume 53 Number 6, 2016
   Pages 973 — 988


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This article and any supplementary material should be cited as follows:
Barak S, Mendoza-Laiz N, Gutiérrez Fuentes MT, Rubiera M, Hutzler Y. Psychosocial effects of competitive Boccia program in persons with severe chronic disability. J Rehabil Res Dev. 2016;53(6):973–88.
http://dx.doi.org/10.1682/JRRD.2015.08.0156
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