Academic journal article Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport

Improving Locomotor Skills of Students with Hearing Impairment: Walking Exercise

Academic journal article Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport

Improving Locomotor Skills of Students with Hearing Impairment: Walking Exercise

Article excerpt

There is limited evidence concerning the effectiveness of continued walking exercise programs to students with hearing impairment in Korea. The purpose of the study was to examine the effects of an 18-week walking exercise program on the locomotor skills of children with hearing impairment. A total of 22 students with hearing impairment was purposively selected in Pusan, Korea and assigned to the control group (n = 11, M age 11.45 years, SD= 1.64; M height = 139.5 cm, SD= 10.49; M weight = 38.55 kg, SD= 9.61) and the experimental group (n = 11, M age = 10.36 years, SD = 1.80; M height = 141.6 cm, SD = 16.14; M weight = 37.61 kg, SD= 8.88). No significant differences were found between two groups on age, weight, and height. A walking exercise program was developed for this study with the emphasis on balance and motor development. The program was taking place five times a week for 50-min each for 18-week. The Test of Gross Motor Development-Second Edition (Ulrich, 2000) was used to measure the effectiveness of the walking exercise program on locomotor skills (i. …

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