Special Issue "Movement Studies for Individuals with Visual Impairments"

Special Issue Editors

Assoc. Prof. Ali S. Brian
Guest Editor
Department of Physical Education, College of Education, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC 29208, USA
Interests: motor behavior; early childhood motor skill intervention; assessment; adapted physical activity/education
Prof. Pamela Beach
Guest Editor
Department of Kinesiology, Sport Studies, and Physical Education, SUNY College at Brockport, NY 14420
Interests: Balance and Postural control in special populations such as older adults and children with visual impairment; Motor Development assessments

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Individuals with visual impairments are highly at-risk for experiencing danger levels of overweight/obesity and sedentary behavior, as well as difficulties with movement skill competence. In fact, difficulties with movement skills relates with negative self-perceptions and poor self-concept for which individuals with visual impairments are highly susceptible. Although there is an emergent and limited evidence base that includes descriptive and quasi-experimental research designs, much more research is needed. Specifically, more research is needed to better understand the role of movement competence (in all ages), as an underlying mechanism driving positive developmental trajectories for health, and decisions surrounding adopting a physically active or a sedentary lifestyle. Increased understanding can lead to designing better intervention strategies. However, to understand the efficacy of intervention and also create a better knowledge of underlying mechanisms supporting positive developmental trajectories for health, psychometrically stout assessments (across all variables of interest) are needed which are specifically designed for individuals with visual impairments across all ages. Papers addressing these topics are invited for this Special Issue. Here are some examples but authors are not limited to these choices:

  1. Predictors of physical activity or sedentary behaviors including but not limited to movement skill, psychosocial, and environmental factors
  2. Evaluating the psychometrics of tools to assess any above variable of interest for individuals with visual impairments of all ages
  3. Longitudinal, cross-sectional, descriptive, and qualitative inquiries are all encouraged to submit.

Assoc. Prof. Ali S. Brian
Prof. Pamela Beach
Guest Editors

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  • motor behavior
  • physical activity
  • sedentary behavior
  • psychosocial aspects
  • fundamental movement skill
  • balance, functional movement
  • health-related fitness
  • blindness
  • disability

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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