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A SYSTEMATIC REVIEW OF THE HEALTH EFFECTS OF SAILING ON PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES

 

ABSTRACT

 

Sailing can be practiced for educational, recreational and therapeutic purposes. Previous studies have shown that persons with disabilities improved their quality of life, self-esteem and health conditions, following the practice of sailing. This systematic review aims to provide an overview of the health effects of sailing in persons with disabilities. We conducted a systematic review of the literature using 9 electronic databases searching all English-language studies published from 1997 to 2016. A secondary search was carried out on additional sources. A total of 772 scientific articles were identified, but only 6 studies met the inclusion criteria. The study participants were adults with severe mental disorders, spinal cord injuries, chronic combat-related posttraumatic stress disorder, subjects belonging to drug and alcohol rehabilitation communities, and children and adolescents with neurological disabilities. Overall, these studies showed that participants improved their quality of life, health status, self-confidence, social skills and mood. No adverse effects were reported. This systematic review shows the beneficial effects of sailing in persons with disabilities. These results cannot be generalized to more disability type because of the small number and large heterogeneity of the included studies.

 

KEY WORDS

rehabilitation, handicap, impairment.

 

 
Journal of Sport and Health Research - 2009