The Relationship Between Walk Distance and Muscle Strength, Muscle Pain in Visually Disabled People

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The purpose of this study is to examine the relationship between six-minute walk test and muscle pain, muscle strength in visually disabled people. The study includes 50 visually disabled people, aged between 17, 21 ± 5,3. Participants were classified into three categories according to their degree of vision (B1, B2, B3). All participants were administered to six-minute walk test, muscle test and muscle pain threshold test.

In B2 and B3 group there is significant moderate correlation between the walk distance and muscles. There were significant differences in pain threshold of quadriceps, pain threshold of hamstring and pain threshold of tibialis anterior among the groups. The data were evaluated using IBM SPSS Statistics 23.0 package software, and the level of significance was taken as p < 0.005.

When the visually disabled people were classified according to their visual degree, it was noticed that visual area is important while walking. Muscle power is thought to be effective in walking ability. The muscles of the legs, backs and buttocks act as they walk and allow them to stay in balance. In addition to the muscular strength, people with muscle pain do not want to continue walking because they are feeling pain in their muscles as they walk.

As a result, if we want to increase walking distance, which is an important part of daily life activities of visually impaired individuals, an exercise program should be organized to strengthen muscle groups that are effective in walking and to rehabilitate painful muscles.

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Journal of Education and Training Studies  ISSN 2324-805X (Print)   ISSN 2324-8068 (Online)

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