PHYSICAL FITNESS OF VISUALLY IMPAIRED ADOLESCENT GOALBALL PLAYERS


KARAKAYA İ. Ç. , AKI E. , ERGUN N.

PERCEPTUAL AND MOTOR SKILLS, cilt.108, sa.1, ss.129-136, 2009 (SSCI İndekslerine Giren Dergi) identifier identifier identifier

  • Yayın Türü: Makale / Tam Makale
  • Cilt numarası: 108 Konu: 1
  • Basım Tarihi: 2009
  • Doi Numarası: 10.2466/pms.108.1.129-136
  • Dergi Adı: PERCEPTUAL AND MOTOR SKILLS
  • Sayfa Sayıları: ss.129-136

Özet

This study compared the physical fitness of 28 visually impaired goalball players (M = 13 yr.) and a group of 27 less active age-matched adolescents. Physical characteristics (age, height, weight, sex) and visual acuity of the children were recorded. Body composition (Body Mass Index, skinfold thickness of triceps plus calf), musculoskeletal function (trunk-lift, curl-up, isometric push-up, shoulder-stretch tests) and aerobic function (l -mile run/walk test) were evaluated according to the Brockport Physical Fitness Test Battery. Also, anaerobic power was assessed by a vertical jump test. Physical fitness of visually impaired goalball players was higher than that of the more sedentary group (p < .05). It was considered that directing visually impaired children to participation sports or recreational activities such as goalball has importance in improving their physical fitness.