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Movement and Visual Impairment
Research across Disciplines

Edited By

Justin A. Haegele

ISBN 9780367682392
Published August 1, 2022 by Routledge
222 Pages 13 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This is the first book to offer an in-depth review of research pertaining to individuals with visual impairments across the full span of movement-related disciplines, from biomechanics and motor learning to physical education and Paralympic sport.


Each chapter highlights current research trends, future research directions, and practical implications in a key discipline or area of professional practice, drawing on empirical research evidence and opening up new avenues for cross-disciplinary working. Covering physical activity across the life course, from children and young people through to older adults, and addressing the important topic of deafblindness in some depth, the book goes further than any other book published to date on visual impairment and movement.


This is essential reading for all advanced students and researchers working in sport, exercise and disability, and an invaluable reference for practitioners and service providers, from in-service teachers and camp directors to physical therapists and physical activity promotion specialists.

Table of Contents


Justin A. Haegele


1          Motor Skill Development

            Ali Brian


2          Postural Control and Balance

            Adam Pennell


3          Orientation and Mobility

            Robert Wall Emersen


4          School-Based Physical Education

            Justin A. Haegele and Xihe Zhu


5          Youth Sport and Recreation

            Lauren J. Lieberman


6          Family-Based Physical Activity and Recreation      

            Benazir Meera, Heather Katz, Laura Prieto and Luis Columna


7          Visually Impaired Sport

            Jessica Macbeth


8          Motivational Psychology in Physical Activity and Sport

            T.N. Kirk


9          Physical Activity and Exercise in Adults with Visual Impairments: Benefits, Level of Participation, Barriers, and              Intervention Strategies

            José Marmeleira & Luis Laranjo


10        Physical Activity, Fitness, Body Composition, and Well-Being among Persons with Visual Impairments

            Liv Berit Augestad and Ingvild Vatten Alsnes


11        Perspectives from Biomechanics

            Hunter J. Bennett


12        Technological Advances       

            Kyle Rector


13        Exercise, Physical Activity, and Older Adults 

            Amy E. Burton


14        Deafblindness and Movement

            Pamela Haibach-Beach

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Justin A. Haegele is Associate Professor in the Department of Human Movement Sciences at Old Dominion University, USA. His research focuses within the interdisciplinary field of adapted physical activity, with a primary interest in examining how individuals with disabilities, in particular those with visual impairments, experience physical activity participation, including in school-based adapted physical education. Dr. Haegele is a Research Fellow with the Research Council of SHAPE and Associate Editor for Adapted Physical Activity Quarterly and Quest.


"An important book showcasing a central body of research that has developed in recent years in the context of research of (adapted) physical activity and physical education … The authors are among the key scholars in this research area and have each made important contributions to the research field. In this way, the book succeeds to provide a holistic perspective of movement among persons with VI from an empirical perspective … This text can be easily integrated into undergraduate or graduate courses, providing students with the opportunity to reflect and discuss how an international and, above all, interdisciplinary perspective may impact their future professional practice. However, the collection of texts also holds important information for practitioners working to improve physical activity programs for people with VI." - Martin Giese, Heidelberg University of Education, Adapted Physical Activity Quarterly