Special Issue "Movement Studies for Individuals with Sensory Impairments"

Special Issue Editors

Assoc. Prof. Ali S. Brian
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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
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Department of Kinesiology, Sport Studies, and Physical Education, SUNY College at Brockport, NY 14420, USA
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 sensory 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 sensory 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 sensory 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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Keywords

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

Published Papers (2 papers)

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The Brief Form of the Test of Gross Motor Development-3 for Individuals with Visual Impairments
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18(15), 7962; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijerph18157962 - 28 Jul 2021
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Children with visual impairments (VI) tend to struggle with their fundamental motor skills (FMS), and these difficulties often persist across the lifespan, requiring frequent assessment. The Test of Gross Motor Development (TGMD) shows robust psychometric properties for children with VI. The TGMD, which [...] Read more.
Children with visual impairments (VI) tend to struggle with their fundamental motor skills (FMS), and these difficulties often persist across the lifespan, requiring frequent assessment. The Test of Gross Motor Development (TGMD) shows robust psychometric properties for children with VI. The TGMD, which includes 13 skills, is time-consuming to administer and score, warranting the need to explore brief versions. Therefore, the purpose of this study was to explore the psychometric properties of three, six-skill versions of the TGMD-3 with children with VI. Children (n = 302; Boys = 58%, Girls = 42%; Mage = 13.00, SD = 2.50 years) with VI (B1 = 27%, B2 = 20%, B3 = 38%, B4 = 15%) participated in this study. We examined three different models using confirmatory factor analyses on the relationships between the motor skills and latent traits across the models. Scores from all three brief versions had acceptable global fit. Although further research should be conducted, practitioners can adopt a brief version of the TGMD to assess children with VI. Full article
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Analysis and Validation of Cross-Modal Generative Adversarial Network for Sensory Substitution
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18(12), 6216; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijerph18126216 - 08 Jun 2021
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Visual-auditory sensory substitution has demonstrated great potential to help visually impaired and blind groups to recognize objects and to perform basic navigational tasks. However, the high latency between visual information acquisition and auditory transduction may contribute to the lack of the successful adoption [...] Read more.
Visual-auditory sensory substitution has demonstrated great potential to help visually impaired and blind groups to recognize objects and to perform basic navigational tasks. However, the high latency between visual information acquisition and auditory transduction may contribute to the lack of the successful adoption of such aid technologies in the blind community; thus far, substitution methods have remained only laboratory-scale research or pilot demonstrations. This high latency for data conversion leads to challenges in perceiving fast-moving objects or rapid environmental changes. To reduce this latency, prior analysis of auditory sensitivity is necessary. However, existing auditory sensitivity analyses are subjective because they were conducted using human behavioral analysis. Therefore, in this study, we propose a cross-modal generative adversarial network-based evaluation method to find an optimal auditory sensitivity to reduce transmission latency in visual-auditory sensory substitution, which is related to the perception of visual information. We further conducted a human-based assessment to evaluate the effectiveness of the proposed model-based analysis in human behavioral experiments. We conducted experiments with three participant groups, including sighted users (SU), congenitally blind (CB) and late-blind (LB) individuals. Experimental results from the proposed model showed that the temporal length of the auditory signal for sensory substitution could be reduced by 50%. This result indicates the possibility of improving the performance of the conventional vOICe method by up to two times. We confirmed that our experimental results are consistent with human assessment through behavioral experiments. Analyzing auditory sensitivity with deep learning models has the potential to improve the efficiency of sensory substitution. Full article
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Planned Papers

The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.

Title: Subjective Constructions of Social Hierarchy in PE Classes in Children with VI in Germany
Authors: Martin Giese; Justin Haegele; Sebastian Ruin; Jana Baumgärtner
Affiliation: Heidelberg University of Education (Germany) Old Dominion University (USA) University of Graz (Austria) University of Graz (Austria)

Title: Standing Long Jump Performance in Youth with Visual Impairments: A Multidimensional Examination
Authors: Adam Pennell, Nicole Yee, Carmen Conforti and Ali Brian
Affiliation: Pepperdine University (USA) University of South Carolina (USA)

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