The 21th European Sport Science College congress was held in Vienna (Austria) from July 6 - 9, 2016 representing more than 2000 participants from the world. The presentation on the Norway grant project “Health and social indicators of participation in physical activities for children with disabilities” (NFI/R/2014/070) was included in the Invited Session. Aija Klavina, chief researcher of the project, had 20 minutes presentation about the project progress and obtained results. Participants of the congress had interest about the interdisciplinary research approach and comprehensive project outcomes. Also, A.Klavina met with the chief of the Sport Education department from the NSSS to discuss the progress of the scholarship (nr. EEZ/NFI/S/2015/021)and the research project. Next visit to the NSSS will be organized in early September within frame of the scholarship project. Prof. Aija Klavina and lecturer Karīna Rodionova will teach and meet with the staff at the NSSS. They also will participate in the National conference of adapted physical activity in the Sport Rehabilitation Center Beitostolen, while also meet with the administration of the center.
A.Klavina, Chief researcher of the project
Photo: Speakers of the Invited Sessions: INCLUSIVE PHYSICAL ACTIVITY IN PHYSICAL EDUCATION, SPORT, AND REHABILITATION
From left: S.De Groot (Netherlands), A.Klavina (Latvia), M.Dinold (Austria), in front N.Kilpela (Finland)
The 13th European Congress in Adapted Physical Activity was held in Olomouc (Czech Rep) from June 15 -17, 2016 representing participants from 26 countries. The outcomes of the Norway grant project “Health and social indicators of participation in physical activities for children with disabilities” (NFI/R/2014/070) were included in four presentations. Aija Klavina opened the congress with key-note speech about the project progress, interdisciplinary assessment model and obtained results. Oyvind Standal, researcher from the Norwegian School of Sport Science presented qualitative view on objective and subjective aspects of inclusive sport education. The two master students of the LASE study program “Adapted Physcal Activity Specialist in Rehabilitation” Martins Campa and Anastasija Alifanova presented their research results that were obtained as part of the Norway Grants project.
A.Klavina, Chief researcher of the project
On June 10, 2016 students from the LASE master program in health care “Adapted Physcal Activity Specialist in Rehabilitation” defended their research papers. Research of Anastasija Alifanova “Functional Indicators of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder for Participation in Physical Activities” and Martins Campa “Functional Indicators of Children with Cerebral Palsy for Participation in Physical Activities” were part of the Norway grant project “Health and social indicators of participation in physical activities for children with disabilities” (NFI/R/2014/070) met at the LASE in Riga (Latvia). The chief investigator of the project prof. Aija Klavina supervised both research studies. Research included assessment of movement abilities and physical skills of children with functional limitations, and responses from parents’ surveys on opportunities of their children participate in daily physical activities. Study results indicated that children with autism and cerebral palsy are physically active only about 2-3 hours per week that significantly differs from recommendations of the World Health Organizations (6-7 h per week). While children were able to perform physical and movement skill tests, their performance was up to 6 times lower than age appropriate norms. Both studies received positive feedback from the evaluation committee and students were recommended for doctoral studies. M.Campa and A.Alifanova will present research results in the European Conference in Adapted Physical Activities in Olomouc (Czech), June 15-17, 2016.
Chief investigator of the project
The scientific approach to identify relevant qualitative indicators for policy regarding inclusive physical education to be used on national level in Latvia and Norway has been created. The components of the International Classification of Functioning (WHO) as universal and internationally approved framework was used to develop Interdisciplinary Model of health and social indicators for participation in physical activities for children with disabilities (Figure 1).
Figure 1- Model of health and social indicators for participation in physical activities for children with disabilities
The quantitative health indicators to capture the complex nature of physical activities have been partially validated across the four project target groups (n = 60). According the project, the researchers’ team currently is obtaining measures of physical and cognitive/social parameters characterizing the physical activity (PA) potential in children with disabilities such as physical and gross motor skills (data up to now n = 118), PA level (data up to now n = 5), subjective perception of being engaged within activity setting (data up to now n = 100), postural stability and physical fitness components such as muscle force, endurance and EMG response to muscle fatigue (data up to now n = 12 measures). The RTTEMA’s researchers team has developed the cognitive test package of the five Vienna Test System subtests (number of data up to now n = 14). In total, 7 master degree students and two doctoral student are participating in this project. Three master students are currently studying in Norway as part of the synergy scholarship program.
The researchers from IECS are working on development of the prototype version of the device to collect vital signs of PA data from children with disabilities. The one of developed system's parts is wearable device used for data acquisition from user in real-time. A first prototype for this sensor device has been developed (Figure 2).
Figure 2 - First prototype of the sensor device
Chief Researcher of the Project
On November 27, representatives of all partners involved in the Norway grant project “Health and social indicators of participation in physical activities for children with disabilities” (nr. NFI/R/2014/070) met at the LASE in Riga (Latvia). The chief researcher of the project, prof. Aija Klavina informed about the first large-scale data obtain when movement and physical skills were assessed for more than 100 children with functional impairments on November 13. Assoc. prof. and researcher from the NSSS Øyvind Førland Standal informed about the progress in assessing qualitative indicators of participation in physical activities of children with disabilities. The researchers at the NSSS have done the literature review that will be followed by video observations, interviews during sport sessions in schools as well as in out of school settings in next few months.
Also, first year students of the master program in health care program “Adapted physical activity specialist in rehabilitation” from the LASE met with prof. Standal to discuss the mobility activity within the project “Innovative Physical Activity Measures in Health and Sport Science Studies” (nr. EEZ/NFI/S/2015/021). The three students will study at the NSSS and do practical placement at the famous sport rehabilitation center in Beitostolen from March 1 to May 31, 2016.
Prof. Aija Klavina, Ph.D.
Chief researcher of the project
329 participants – children and youth with different disabilities gathered for the annual Sport Festival “Come and do sports for fun!” at the Riga Olympic Center on November 13. About 110 voluntary assistants helped during the event including health care and sport science students from the LASE, and high-school students from the Riga’s Secondary school in Jugla. The Festival was excellent example of positive attitude and equal society. “I haven’t smiling so much in the one day!”, noted the one of students helping at the Festival. Participants were offered 30 sport activities in the two sports halls of the Olympic center. In 18 of these activities students from the LASE collected data of physical health indicators for the Norway grant project “Health and social indicators of participation in physical activities for children with disabilities” (nr. NFI/R/2014/070). The obtained data will be used to develop interdisciplinary assessment package for functional evaluation of children with disabilities age from 7-12 years. The Latvian Disabled Children and Youth Sport Federation organized the Festival with support of the Education, Culture and Sport Department of the Riga’s Municipality.
Prof. Aija Klavina, Ph.D.
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Latvian Academy of Sport Education (LASE) is a state higher education institution that realizes accredited study programmes to train specialists to work in education, sport, state, municipal institutions and organizations.
Latvian Academy of Sport Education has developed strong links of cooperation with other higher education institutions in Latvia and other countries with the aim to exchange experience seeking to improve quality of education, training and research. At present LASE is involved in exchange activities with more than 30 European Universities.
Erasmus is one of the most popular student exchange programs in Europe. It aims to ensure European Union countries the exchange of students, promoting the development of higher education institutions in united European context. Latvian Academy of Sport Education participates in the program since 2004, but from 2009 we have been granted the extended Charter. For students Erasmus exchange program is available for all study directions and higher education cycles (bachelor's, master's, doctorate).
You can apply for studies in Latvian Academy of Sport Education (LASE) as an exchange student for one semester (five months) or two semesters (ten months) in case your home university is a partner university of LASE. You should first apply through your home university to be nominated as Erasmus mobility student.
STEP 1. Preparing your study plan
Discuss with your Departmental coordinator the course that you have to perform at LASE. You can check the list of available courses at our website. All study proposals must be filled in an official Learning Agreement form.