n African Journal for Physical Health Education, Recreation and Dance - Challenges faced by learners with albinism in active recreation activities at Tshilidzini Special School, Thohoyandou, South Africa

Supplement 1
  • ISSN : 1117-4315


People with albinism in black African communities appear to be facing challenges that result in a range of social, psychological and physical problems, which affect their participation in active recreation activities. The study examined the challenges faced by learners with albinism in active recreation activities at Tshilidzini Special School. A purposive sampling technique was used to select 28 participants. Quantitative research approach was used to collect data. The results indicated that hot weather conditions severely affect the participants' skin while participating in active recreation activities. Participation in recreation activities has lots of impact on the health of learners with albinism. Problems concerning vision were found to be a major aspect of the physical challenges faced by learners with albinism while engaging in active recreation activities. As people with albinism have little melanin pigment, their skin is extremely sensitive to sunburn. This poses a great challenge to learners with albinism while participating in recreation activities in sunny weather conditions, where learners with albinism use sunscreen to protect their skin against the sun while participating in sports and recreation activities. The findings have implications for designing and implementing physical recreation activities for learners with albinism.

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