ERIC Number: ED425555
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Nov
Physical Fitness in People with Mental Retardation. Arc Q&A #101-49
Rimmer, James H.
This fact sheet uses a question-and-answer format to summarize issues related to physical fitness in people with mental retardation. Questions and answers address the following topics: a definition of "physical fitness"; the components of physical fitness (muscle strength and endurance, flexibility, body composition, and cardiovascular endurance); how fitness levels of people with mental retardation compare to the general population (substantially lower); how muscle strength and endurance, cardiovascular endurance, and body composition (body fat) in people with mental retardation compare to that of the general population; evidence that people with mental retardation can improve their fitness level; barriers to fitness for individuals with mental retardation (motivation and opportunity); and examples of simple fitness routines. (DB)
Descriptors: Body Composition, Exercise, Health Promotion, Health Related Fitness, Mental Retardation, Muscular Strength, Physical Activities, Physical Fitness
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Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.; Administration on Developmental Disabilities (DHHS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Arc, Arlington, TX.