Graduation Date

Summer 2019

Document Type



Master of Science degree with a major in Kinesiology, option Teaching/Coaching

Committee Chair Name

Chris Hopper

Committee Chair Affiliation

HSU Faculty or Staff

Second Committee Member Name

Jill Pawlowski

Second Committee Member Affiliation

HSU Faculty or Staff

Third Committee Member Name

David Adams

Third Committee Member Affiliation

HSU Faculty or Staff

Fourth Committee Member Name

Whitney Ogle

Fourth Committee Member Affiliation

HSU Faculty or Staff

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Objectives: The purpose of this review was to analyze the literature regarding physical activity and children with hearing impairments.

Methods/Inclusion Criteria: The inclusion criteria of this review were articles from 2006-2018, with the population of children 4-18 years old with hearing impairments, and with the study involving components related to physical activity.

Summary: Children with hearing impairments tended to have lower physical activity levels and spent more time sedentary than typically developing peers. Compared to children with other disabilities, children with hearing impairments participated more, but still didn’t meet physical activity recommendations. Children with hearing impairments have demonstrated poorer balance abilities and lower fitness levels than hearing peers. Aside from deficits in coordination, several studies found non-significant to no differences in other components of motor development. Sports participation for children with hearing impairments allows socialization, development of communication and physical skills. Participation in sports was positively correlated to parental attitudes and involvement in sport and physical activity.

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