The purpose of this book is to provide a specific group of adults living with intellectual disability (ID), namely Down syndrome (DS), their own unique instrument to assess functional fitness. Previously, individuals living with DS were pooled with individuals living with ID without DS, even though various academics and researchers have demonstrated that the presence of DS negatively affects test performance. The need arose because many adults living with DS have poor functional ability, live sedentary lives, and are overweight or obese. Consequently, their quality of life decreases dramatically especially when they reach old age.
The video provides a short and concise introduction to the functional fitness of adults with DS, the functional fitness instrument developed for adults with DS, practical examples of using the instrument, applying the tests, and interpreting the final report.
Author and presenter:
Pieter-Henk Boer, Department of Human Movement Science, Faculty of Education, Cape Peninsula University of Technology, Wellington, South Africa.