The Impact of a School Running Program on Health-Related Physical Fitness and Self-Efficacy in Youth with Sensory Impairments

Authors

  • Caroline Mueller
  • Elizabeth Ackley-Holbrook

Keywords:

visual impairment, running, exercise

Abstract

It has been well documented that youth with sensory impairments display lower levels of health-related fitness than their typically developing peers, yet few programs exist to enhance the physical activity levels of these youth, even at private or state-funded schools for the deaf and blind. The purpose of this descriptive study was to document the impact of a recently developed school running program on the health-related physical fitness and self-efficacy of students with sensory impairments. Following participation in the program, students displayed significant improvements in cardiovascular fitness and a shift in the types of barriers perceived to influence engagement in physical activities. 

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