Gross motor skills and sports participation of children with visual impairments

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Abstract

Gross motor skill performance of children with visual impairments and its association with the degree of visual impairment and sports participation was examined. Twenty children with visual impairments (M age = 9.2 years, SD =1.5) and 100 sighted children (M age = 9.1 years, SD = 1.5) from mainstream schools participated. The results showed that children with visual impairments had significantly lower object control but not locomotor skill scores than the sighted children. No significant differences were found between children with a moderate and severe visual impairment. Children with visual impairments who participated in sports had significantly higher object control skill scores than those who did not. No significant associations between motor skills and sports Participation were found in the sighted children.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)16-23
Number of pages8
JournalResearch Quarterly for Exercise and Sport
Volume78
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar-2007

Keywords

  • locomotor skills
  • object control skills
  • school age
  • TGMD-2
  • FUNDAMENTAL MOVEMENT SKILLS
  • PHYSICAL-ACTIVITY
  • IMPAIRED CHILDREN
  • YOUNG-CHILDREN
  • BLIND-CHILDREN
  • BALANCE
  • VISION

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