ERIC Number: ED412711
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997
The Effect of Certified Special Olympics Training upon the Performance of Mentally Retarded Participants.
Powers, P. J.; Putnam, Jon J.
This paper discusses the outcomes of a study that investigated the effects of Special Olympics certification of coaches upon the performances of 160 competitors (ages 12-41) with mental retardation from 22 countries who participated in the 1987 International Special Olympics. Composite standardized scores for all five events of the pentathlon were analyzed using one-way ANOVA corrected for unequal sample size. Although, as expected, there were no significant differences between "non-certified" trained/coached subjects and the Special Olympics International (SOI) "certified" trained/coached subjects, subjects exposed to SOI-certified training/coaching performed better. The SOI Sports Instructional Training Program and its requirements are described. (Contains 10 references.) (Author/CR)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Northern Rocky Mountain Educational Research Association (15th, Jackson, WY, October 1-4, 1997).