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Physical Activity and the Deaf Community

by: The National Center on Physical Activity and Disability
Regular physical activity and physical fitness are especially important in maintaining the health and well being of people of all ages. Research clearly indicates that virtually all individuals, including those with disabilities, can gain health benefits from regular physical activity. The health promotion and disease prevention needs of people with disabilities who have secondary health conditions may be complicated by specific medical aspects of disabilities. People with disabilities may be at greater risk of future problems; e.g., individuals with spinal cord injuries are more likely to have to address pressure sores. For Deaf individuals with no or minimal secondary health conditions, there is great potential for effective participation in physical activity programs.
According to the National Institutes of Health (1993), approximately 1 of every 1000 children is born with profound hearing loss. Many more are born with less severe degrees of loss, while others may develop hearing loss over time. Reduced hearing acuity during infancy and early childhood interferes with the development of speech and language skills. Communication difficulties may also adversely affect social, emotional, cognitive, and academic development. Since physical activity and fitness are tied to these developmental constructs, hearing loss may influence physical activity patterns and levels of physical fitness.
Read full text of “Physical Activity and the Deaf Community” on the NCPAD Website HERE
Table of Contents:

  • Introduction
  • Hearing Loss
  • Historical Research
  • Motor Performance
  • Physical Activity Programs
  • References

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