Young Athletes Research
Employ the research conducted on the Special Olympics Young Athletes program, which engages children with ID between the ages of 2 and 7 in a sport and play program with a focus on motor skills development.
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Use and customize these charts and graphs to help illustrate some key research findings.
Share evidence of Special Olympics’ impact through these summaries of Special Olympics research that include ready-to-share printouts designed for Programs.
Access research articles that go into more detail on some of the findings shared in the overview section.
- Evaluation of Young Athletes Program 2006: Findings in Azerbaijan, Chile, Israel, Panama, Paraguay, Romania, United States and Venezuela indicate that Young Athletes has a significant impact on both the young people who participate and their parents, sometimes in unintended ways.
- Young Athletes Intervention: Impact of motor development: This 2011 study found that children who participated in Young Athletes exhibited mean gains of 7 - 9 months on Peabody Developmental Motor Scale subscales compared to mean gains of 3 - 5 months in the control group.
- Young Athletes Globalization Project: Final Report: Findings released in 2014 from Kenya, Tanzania, Venezuela and Romania show that, similar to the results from earlier U.S. studies, children participating in Young Athletes experienced significant improvements in motor skills.
- Young Athletes Globalization Project: Executive Summary: Visit this three-page document that highlights the key findings from the 2014 evaluation of Young Athletes programming in Kenya, Tanzania, Venezuela and Romania.