ERIC Number: ED328042
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Jul
Improving the Personal Fitness of Secondary Trainable Mentally Handicapped Students through Aerobic Exercise.
Buchik, Nancy T.
A program was developed to improve the physical fitness of 15 trainable mentally retarded students in a special school. Preliminary surveys of parents and teachers and observations of students indicated that the majority of students in the targeted group were physically unfit and exhibited poor attitudes about physical exercise. A daily walking/exercise program of 15 minutes was developed and implemented. Subjects walked for 3 days a week and exercised with an exercise record or video the other 2 days. Short and long term reinforcers based on walking mileage achieved were used to motivate the students. Evaluation indicated lowered resting heart rates in 73% of the targeted group, lowered exercise heart rate in 33% of the group, and increased distance walked in 15 minutes by 53% of the group. In addition, a survey of parents, teachers, and job coaches indicated an overall improvement in attitudes of the students toward exercise. Appendixes include the pre- and post-parental surveys with results, the parental consent letter, the results of resting and exercise heart rate tests, and distances walked. Includes 14 references.
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: M.S. Practicum Report, NOVA University.