Call for papers for special issue

Individuals with visual 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 visual 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 visual 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.

IJERPH Visual Impairment

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

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