Decreasing Motor Ability in Adults with Down Syndrome
The rate of decline in motor abilities with aging in adults with Down syndrome (DS) was examined over a period of 10 years. There were 12 motor tests administered, including a run test, muscle strength test, flexibility test, agility test, and balance test. Except for the trunk flexion and extension test, the DS group showed lower motor ability when compared to the retarded without DS (R) group and much lower ability when compared to the nonre-tarded (NR) group. The DS group showed a more rapid decline in motor abilities, except for trunk flexion and extension, than both the R and NR groups. These results were discussed in terms of the clinical and pathological characteristics of Down syndrome.
KeywordsDown Syndrome Vertical Jump Motor Ability Motor Test Trunk Flexion
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