ERIC Number: ED242126
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Aerobic Fitness for the Severely and Profoundly Mentally Retarded.
Practical Pointers, v5 n4 Nov 1981
The booklet discusses the aerobic fitness capacities of severely/profoundly retarded students and discusses approaches for improving their fitness. An initial section describes a method for determining the student's present fitness level on the basis of computations of height, weight, blood pressure, resting pulse, and Barach Index and Crampton Blood Ptosis tests (measures of energy expended by the heart). Additional screening devices and their modifications are covered. Planning considerations are noted in terms of length and intensity of exercise. The remainder of the book presents activity ideas for improving cardiorespiratory endurance and tolerance to exercises. Suggestions are offered for walking, running for distance (including ideas for interval training), roller skating, obstacle course work, bike riding, air flow mat (a safe form of trampoline), relays, and aerobic activities for the nonambulatory. (CL)
Descriptors: Adapted Physical Education, Aerobics, Athletics, Elementary Secondary Education, Heart Rate, Motor Development, Physical Fitness, Running, Severe Disabilities, Severe Mental Retardation, Teaching Methods
American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, 1900 Association Dr., Reston, VA 22091 ($2.25, Stock No. 245-27002).
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Collected Works - Serials
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, Reston, VA. Information and Research Utilization Center.