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OBJECTIVE To assess immediate and near-term effects of 2 exercise training programs for persons with idiopathic Parkinson's disease (IPD). DESIGN Randomized control trial. SETTING Public health facility and medical center. PARTICIPANTS Fifteen persons with IPD. INTERVENTION Combined group (balance and resistance training) and balance group (balance(More)
The purpose of this study was to examine the extent to which spinal flexion and extension, or spinal mobility, could be improved in a population of older adults participating in a 10 week flexibility training program. Twenty female volunteers, mean age 71.8, were randomly assigned to either the experimental group (flexibility training) or the control group(More)
This study explored the recreation and leisure patterns of children with moderate to severe developmental disabilities, 28 parents of children labeled "trainable mentally handicapped" were questioned about the type of sport, exercise, and social activities their children participated in as well as about the opportunities for social inclusion with(More)
Although there were no significant differences in the single support phase of gait for 6 trainable mentally retarded boys (Mean age 9.6 yr.) and 6 nonretarded boys (Mean age 9.5 yr.), total gait time and time in double support were significantly different for the two groups, supporting previous research which showed gait was was deficient in trainable(More)
While for 31 trainable mentally handicapped children and for 31 nonhandicapped (Mage 91.56 mo.), there were no differences in static balance on left or right legs, total balance time was significantly different between the two groups, confirming prior work which related motor proficiency to intelligence. The normal group showed significant positive(More)
Hand preference was compared in 22 trainable mentally handicapped and 22 nonhandicapped children (Mage 78.00 mo.). Significant differences were found, showing the nonhandicapped group had a stronger preference when presented 10 hand-choice items from The Harris Tests of Lateral Dominance. In addition, stronger lefthandedness characterized the handicapped(More)
Gross and fine motor proficiency were studied in a sample of 52 educable mentally handicapped students (M = 15.8 yr.), half of whom were assigned to 15 30-sec. trials, a relatively massed practice schedule with 5 sec. between trials, and half to a distributed practice schedule with 30-sec. rests. 5 trials were given 24 hr. later. All subjects performed the(More)