Regular physical activity is a cornerstone of good health and previous studies have shown that many people with learning disabilities do not engage in such activity.
This systematic review set out to critically assess the evidence on the effectiveness of physical activity interventions for adults with learning disabilities. The authors found eleven clinical studies that met their inclusion criteria. The interventions in the studies included a variety of physical activity modes.
Following the review, the authors conclude that there is moderate to strong evidence that physical activity positively affected balance, muscle strength, and quality of life in individuals with learning disabilities.
However, many of the findings of what worked were not being routinely translated into everyday practice, specifically they suggested, physical activity programmes adaptable to the needs of individuals with a learning disability.
Physical Activity Benefits and Needs in Adults With Intellectual Disabilities: Systematic Review of the Literature, Bartio P & Klein P, in American Journal on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, 16, 3, 220-232.
Physical activity; systematic review