In this paper we present a scoping review of literature on aging, visual impairment, and physical activity. Our objectives are to: (a) explore the available literature on aging, physical activity, and sight loss; (b) describe how participation in physical activity by older adults with visual impairment is understood by researchers; and, (c) identify benefits, barriers, and facilitators of physical activity participation as reported by older adults with age-related sight loss. Over 2,000 sources were reviewed, with 30 studies meeting eligibility criteria. Findings were organized into four thematic categories, namely: (a) participation rates; (b) health inequalities; (c) barriers to physical activity participation; and, (d) benefits of physical activity participation. Through this scoping review process, extant knowledge was synthesized and gaps in the literature were critically assessed. To address these gaps, several avenues for future research are outlined and described, alongside a consideration of the implications of the scoping review findings for both policy and practice.
Meridith Griffin, Brett Smith, P. David Howe and Cassandra Phoenix
The underrepresentation of women in the Paralympics movement warrants attention as the world prepares for Atlanta 1996, when Paralympics (conducted after the Summer Olympics) will attract approximately 3,500 athletes with physical disability or visual impairment from 102 countries. Barriers that confront women with disability, the Paralympic movement, and adapted physical activity as a profession and scholarly discipline that stresses advocacy and attitude theories are presented. Two theories (reasoned action and contact) that have been tested in various contexts are woven together as an approach particularly applicable to women in sport and feminists who care about equal access to opportunity for all women. Women with disability are a social minority that is both ignored and oppressed. Sport and feminist theory and action should include disability along with gender, race/ethnicity, class, and age as concerns and issues.
Jeffrey J. Martin
spinal-cord injury (SCI), visual impairment, cerebral palsy, and amputated limbs, as well as those with developmental disabilities such as autism spectrum disorder. One key area I examine is the positive factors or elements that, when present, contribute to a positive youth-sport experience. In
A. Mark Williams and Bradley Fawver
control of action are exploring some of the factors mediating fall risk. Such factors include, for example, cognitive and visual impairment, trait anxiety, falls efficacy, and attentional reinvestment ( Young & Williams, 2015 ). Of particular focus in this area has been how fear of falling predisposes