Research in Dance and Physical Education
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Research in Dance and Physical Education - Vol. 5, No. 1, pp.33-39
ISSN: 2586-1034 (Online)
Print publication date 30 Apr 2021
Received 28 Feb 2021 Revised 13 Apr 2021 Accepted 20 Apr 2021

Exploring the Components of Therapeutic Exercise Program(TEP) for Children with Developmental Disabilities

Wooyoung Chung*
Chung-Ang University, Republic of Korea, Assistant Professor

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This study aimed to identify and categorize the components of therapeutic exercise program (TEP) for children with developmental disabilities, potentially to increasing their remedial effects and physical activities. A TEP refers to the restoration process of physical functions and performance of human beings by engaging in a form of physical exercise. A comprehensive and objective category was developed systematically based on the extensive review of literature in the fields of therapeutic exercise, patient management, sports medicine, sports science, and other related areas. The identified categories included (a) anatomical features (e.g., physiological functions), (b) motor and skills (e.g., flexibility, physical strength), and (c) personal background (e.g., medication, family history). In addition, three training components (those with upper limbs, whole body, and lower limbs) were proposed for each of the five standard anatomical positions (i.e., standing position, prone position, supine, lateral recumbent, sitting potion). Based on the results, the value of this study and some practical guidelines (e.g., customization of TEP) were discussed.


Therapeutic Exercise Program (TEP), Developmental Disabilities, Component


This work was supported by the Ministry of Education of the Republic of Korea and the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF-2017S1A5A8021873)


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