Therapeutic Benefit of Sport for Children with Disabilities

"There is a growing body of literature demonstrating improved outcomes in multiple health measures with fitness programs and sports participation," said Miller. "In addition, sports participation helps develop a healthy self-concept, builds confidence, and improves overall quality of life. Sports also provide children with special needs with valuable social interactions, both with other disabled individuals, as well as their nondisabled peers."

Miller mentors faculty, particularly those who are in the earlier stages of their academic careers, and residents in the UK College of Medicine. "Mentoring residents and faculty who want to publish and learn more about academic medicine is part of my life today," said Miller. "The co-authors provided the detail in addressing readiness for children with special needs wanting to participate in sports and some have been regular 'buddies' for these children participating in the Toyota Bluegrass Miracle League at Shillito Park, home of the Miracle League in Lexington."

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