Can People With Down Syndrome Play Sports?

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As long as they are physically capable, a person with Down syndrome can play any sport they want.

People with Down syndrome are often encouraged to participate in sports at a young age, to help build muscle tone, which can be naturally lower in people with Down syndrome. There are many avenues for people with Down syndrome to participate in physical activities – from organized sports through local sports teams to Special Olympics. It should be noted that children with Down syndrome should be checked for atlanto-axial instability and get their doctors approval for playing some sports such as gymnastics, contact sports etc.

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