Triathlon for all: improving access to sport for people with paraplegia in Trinidad and Tobago
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Globally, people with paraplegia experience reduced participation in sport and physical activity (Blauwet, 2005). This physical inactivity is highly correlated to poor health outcomes, social isolation, and low levels of self-efficacy for people with paraplegia (Rolston, 2014). In Trinidad and Tobago, these rates of physical inactivity are disproportionately higher than rates in developed countries (Richardson, 2018). Interviews with leaders of disability organizations in Trinidad and Tobago revealed that there are limited opportunities for sport/physical activity for people with disabilities, attributed primarily to lack of funding, lack of legislation, and negative socio-cultural attitudes towards people with disabilities. Triathlon for All is a needs-based, evidence-based pilot program aimed at improving self-efficacy and improving overall quality of life for people with paraplegia in Trinidad and Tobago. Triathlon for All is a 12-week adapted triathlon training program with reflective discussion sessions, culminating in a competitive triathlon event. The program will be delivered through the Trinidad and Tobago Occupational Therapy Association (TTOTA). The results from this program will contribute to health promotion and advocacy efforts in Trinidad and Tobago, with the long-term aim of advancing equal rights and opportunities for persons with disabilities in Trinidad and Tobago.