Psychosocial benefits of the inclusive controlled physical activities in children and youth with intellectual disabilities


  • Zuzana Kornatovská University of South Bohemia in České Budějovice, Czech Republic
  • Slav Mgr. Petkov National Sports Academy “Vasil Levski” in Sophia, Bulgaria
  • Panagiotis Korellas Federation of Adapted Physical Activity Balkans Black Sea area, Greece
  • Georgi Kalaydzhiev Agricultural University Plovdiv, Bulgaria



Controlled physical activities, Children, Intellectual disability, Integration, Sport activities, International project.


Background: The project was addressed to horizontal priority of the social inclusion in Programme “Erasmus +”, to actions that help address diversity and promote – in particular through innovative and integrated approaches – ownership of shared values, equality, including non-discrimination and social inclusion through education, training, youth and sport activities. Aim: The main goal of the presented paper is to present psychosocial benefits of the inclusive controlled physical activities in juvenile individuals with intellectual disabilities, applied in leisure time. Partial goal is to demonstrate types of the popular controlled activities for children and youth with intellectual disability in the participated countries of the project, i.e. Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Greece and Macedonia. The aim and all activities of the project are in accordance with EU Work Plans for Sport 2017-2020 with a focus on Priority 3: Sport and Society - Access to sport for people with disabilities. Methods: Battery of following methods was used - Content analysis of literary sources; Brustman tapping test; Bourdon proofreading - examination of the properties of attention; Emotional instability (model tremometry); Creativity Assessment Packet; Intervention “You are part of us”; for statistics the method of Qualitative Comparative Analysis was used. Results, discussion: Positive changes were observed in the measured of two measures of attention, i.e. “Attention in concentration” and the “Attention in switch ability”. Adaptation ability of the monitored samples has been improved. Conclusion: Emotional stability and ability to concentration has been improved.


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How to Cite

Kornatovská, Z., Mgr. Petkov, S., Korellas, P., & Kalaydzhiev, G. (2020). Psychosocial benefits of the inclusive controlled physical activities in children and youth with intellectual disabilities. Acta Salus Vitae, 8(1), 35–46.