Current Developmental Disorders Reports

, Volume 3, Issue 2, pp 91–93 | Cite as

Physical Activity of Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities: Challenges and Future Directions

  • Meghann Lloyd
Invited Commentary


Regular engagement in physical activity is one of the most powerful predictors of health. Individuals with intellectual disabilities engage in significantly less physical activity than the general population and experience significant health disparities. More research is required to quantify the appropriate amount of physical activity that is necessary for health, as well as how to accurately collect, analyze, and interpret physical activity data on people with intellectual disabilities. Physical activity promotion efforts are especially important in this sub-group of the population due to the far reaching benefits. More research is also needed on the most effective avenues and messaging to promote physical activity in individuals with disabilities.


Intellectual disability Developmental disorders Physical activity Predictors of health Research Commentary 


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Conflict of Interest

Meghann Lloyd declares that she has no conflict of interest.

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This article does not contain any studies with human or animal subjects performed by any of the authors.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of Ontario Institute of TechnologyOshawaCanada

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