Marett, James R.
M.S. Ed. (Master of Education)
Department of Physical Education
Physical fitness; Physical education for mentally handicapped persons
The purpose of this study was to compare the health-related physical fitness levels of trainable mentally retarded (TMR) and nonhandicapped adults as measured by the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (AAHPERD) Health Related Physical Fitness Test. The TMR subjects in the study were 24 female and 22 male TMR adult volunteers ranging in age from 18 to 44 years. They were compared to 24 female and 22 male volunteer nonhandicapped subjects ranging in age from 18 to 32 years. Significant differences (p < .05), using a Mann-Whitney U-Test, were found between the two groups within sex compared for all four of the health-related physical fitness components of the AAHPERD Health Related Physical Fitness Test. It was concluded that TMR adults scored significantly lower than nonhandicapped adults on body composition, cardiorespiratory fitness, low back-hamstring flexibility, and abdominal strength/endurance.
Lesniewski, Matthew G., "A comparison of health-related physical fitness levels of trainable mentally handicapped adults" (1985). Graduate Research Theses & Dissertations. 159.
v, 44 pages
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