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Benefits of Therapeutic Recreation

For The Public1. Physical Health and Health Maintenance

Involvement in Recreation Therapy can assist to:

  • Reduce cardiovascular and respiratory risk
  • Reduce the risk of physical complications secondary to disability
  • Improve the general physical and perceptual motor functioning of individuals with a disability

2. Psychosocial Health

Involvement in Recreation Therapy can assist to:

  • Reduce depression and anxiety
  • Improve coping behaviour
  • Reduce stress level
  • Improve self-control
  • Increase self-concept, self-esteem, and adjustment to disability
  • Improve general psychosocial health
  • Improve social skills, socialization, cooperation, and interpersonal interactions
  • Reduce self-abusive and inappropriate behaviours

3. Cognitive Functioning

Involvement in Recreation Therapy can assist to:

  • Increase or maintain general cognitive functioning
  • Increase or maintain short and long term memory
  • Decrease confusion and disorientation
  • Increase or maintain communication and language skills

4. Personal and Life Satisfaction

Involvement in Recreation Therapy can assist to:

  • Increase life and leisure satisfaction and perceived quality of life
  • Increase social support
  • Increase community integration, community satisfactions and community self-efficacy

5. Societal and Health Care Systems

Involvement in Recreation Therapy can assist to:

  • Help prevent complications secondary to disability
  • Improve patient compliance with rehabilitation regimes, patient satisfaction with treatment and self-dedication to treatment
  • Increase outpatient involvement and post-discharge compliance with treatment plans

 

Adopted from Benefits of Therapeutic Recreation: a Consensus View, 1991; Kinney, Coyle and Shank and the Saskatchewan Association of Recreation Professionals.