Recognizing the Barriers
Past frustrations should not stop you from using a fitness center. Yes, there are barriers, but there are also solutions. Some of the common barriers experienced by people with disabilities1,2, include:
- The fitness facility is not physically or environmentally accessible
- The facility's equipment and group classes are not accessible or not usable
- The staff has not had education and training on disability or accessibility issues
- The staff and some members have negative attitudes about people with disabilities
- Some of the facility policies and procedures discriminate against people with disabilities
Have you experienced any of these problems? How can you deal with these barriers and make using a fitness center easy? How can you get fitness centers to make changes?
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Rimmer, James H., Riley, Barth, Wang, Edward, Rauworth, Amy, and Jurkowski, Janine. (2004). Physical Activity Participation Among Persons with Disabilities:" Barriers and Facilitators." American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 26(5), 419-425.