The Effect of Children’s Athletics Program on Some Physical Variables of Children with Down Syndrome

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Maryam Arab Bader Al-Damkhi

Abstract

Down Syndrome consider one of the types of mental disabilities. It is a congenital disorder caused by the presence of an extra chromosome in the cells of the body, and it is one of the phenomena resulting from a defect in chromosomes, and cause varying degrees of mental disability and physical differences. The researchers noticed that many children with Down syndrome have a deficiency in the physical aspects, and that practicing sports activities is a basic basis for improving the physical growth, general health and fitness. Also, physical activities are important to the health and psychological nature of children with Down syndrome. The athletics program for children prepared by the International Federation of Athletics contains various interesting and exciting competitions that meet children's developmental needs, the researchers conducted a study to identify the effect of the athletics program for children on improving some of the physical variables of children with Down syndrome. The study was applied to a sample of 20 students chosen intentionally from Alwaffaa Down Syndrome School in Hawalli Governorate in the State of Kuwait (age 9:10) years. The experimental approach was used in this study, and the researchers found a positive effect of the program on some physical variables.

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Keywords

Children’s Athletics, Disability, Down Syndrome, Intellectual Disability

How to Cite
Arab, M., & Al-Damkhi, B. (2020). The Effect of Children’s Athletics Program on Some Physical Variables of Children with Down Syndrome. DRASSA Journal of Development and Research for Sport Science Activities, 6(1), 58-77. https://doi.org/10.31377/jdrssa.v6i1.667
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Articles in Arabic