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Physical Activity and Special Olympics Participation in Individuals with Down Syndrome
The purpose of this study was to examine the physical activity levels in Special Olympians and typically developing individuals. The sample included 6 people, 3 Special Olympians and 3 typically developing. Ages were correspondedly matched with a range of 15-36 years old. Basic body composition was measured using BMI and percent body fat. An Actigraph accelerometer physical activity monitor was given to the participants to wear for 7 days, measuring their sedentary, light, moderate, vigorous, and moderate to vigorous activity levels. Using a statistically significant value of p= .05, it was concluded that there was no statistically significant results. From descriptive analysis, the Special Olympians had mean moderate to vigorous activity levels of 52 minutes per week. By using Special Olympics as an organized physical activity, it can be used as a method for obesity prevention.