Vol. 2, Issue 2 (2017)
Effect of eight weeks yoga training on balance and hand eye coordination of individuals with intellectual disabilities
Author(s): Dr. Biju Sukumar
Abstract: Persons with intellectual disabilities seem to have deficits like as balance and hand eye coordination respectively. Now, it is an accepted fact that, all the persons, whether they are disabled or not, have to equal right to live a healthy life with dignity. The purpose of the study was to find out the effect of eight weeks yoga training on balance and hand eye coordination of individuals with intellectual disabilities. Thirty mild intellectual disabled boys (IQ=51-69) who were attending the Special Education at Special Education Unit, Faculty of (NISH) National Institute of Speech & Hearing, Trivandrum, kerala were selected for this study. Their age ranged from 12 to 16 years. The selected subjects were equally divided into two groups. The groups were assigned as Experimental Group: yoga training group (YTG) and Control Group (CG). Pre-test was conducted on balance and hand eye coordination for both groups. The readings were carefully recorded in their respective unit as pre-test score. After pre-test experimental group has under gone eight weeks yoga training for one hour per day 5 days per week, whereas the control group (CG) maintained their daily routine activities and no special training was given during this eight weeks. After eight weeks of training post test was conducted and the readings were carefully recorded as post test score. To analyse the collected data ANCOVA (Analysis of Covariance) was used. The study concluded that the yoga training group showed significant difference on balance and hand eye coordination.