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

Ka Man Leung, William Chu, Ming Yu Claudia Wong

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)138–150
Number of pages13
JournalDisability, CBR & Inclusive Development
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 19 Dec 2020

User-Defined Keywords

  • Adapted physical activity
  • special populations
  • physical impairments
  • focus group


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