Approximately 20% of the global population is living with some form of disability (WHO), with this definition covering a wide range of individuals with a diverse range of conditions (including co-morbidities). 1
Football can be an enjoyable sport for those living with disability. While many may be able to participate in mainstream football, others are able to participate in differing forms of football which are tailored to specific disabilities or pan-disability. A good example is an adaptation for those who are visually impaired or blind. This form of football is played using a ball equipped with a noise-making device to allow participants to locate the ball using sound.
There are a number of challenges involved with caring for athletes living with a disability. There is limited epidemiological data to determine injury rates in disability football and little ‘evidence’ to guide clinical decision making. 2,3 There may also be significant barriers to participation. Football however offers those with disability significant health benefits and social opportunities with peers, and creates inspiring role models through sport.