New research demonstrates the benefits of gymnastics for children with Disability

Gymnastics Victoria, VicHealth and Scope launched a Research Report at the Gymnastics Victoria Inclusion Stakeholder Launch in March 2015, titled “The benefits of gymnastics for children with Disability” (Research Report).

Gymnastics Victoria Chief Executive Officer Jamie Parsons said the research conducted by Scope researcher Dr Rob Campaign and funded by VicHealth in conjunction with Gymnastics Victoria and affiliated clubs, demonstrates how participation in Gymnastics among people with a disability and underrepresented groups has increased to more than 3000 (800%) since 2011.

Scope has been active in research for over 30 years and conducts research that improves life outcomes for people with disability and their carers.

“In 2011, research showed an estimate of 23.7% of people with Disability in Victoria participated in sport or physical recreation compared to the wider population average of 62%,” said Jamie Parsons.

“As the first piece of research undertaken in the world on the benefits of gymnastics for children with Disability, the findings show that gymnastics is of enormous benefit for the cognitive, physical and social development for people with disability.”

“In addition, 100% of the parents surveyed recognised the benefits of gymnastics for children with Disability.”

The research undertaken by Scope also reveals how inclusive club practices are embedded in gymnastics clubs, with 89% of parents indicating their child participated in general gymnastics classes with their peers in an inclusive and welcoming environment.

In addition to the animation, you can also download:

Full Research Report, “The benefits of gymnastics for children with Disability”

Two-page document summarising the full Research Report, “The benefits of gymnastics for children with Disability”.

For more information about the research report, please contact Kerry Tavrou (Inclusion Coordinator, Gymnastics Victoria) on 9214 6020 or via email at msmith@gymnasticsvictoria.org.au