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Latvian Academy of Sport Education visited Norwegian Sport Science university lecturer Anne-Mette Bredahl

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From 31.01 till 6.02 Latvian Academy of Sport Education visited Norwegian Sport Science university lecturer Anne-Mette Bredahl. She participated in 7 Paralympic games and is only one lecturer in Norwegian Sport Science university with visual disability as well as first woman in Scandinavia with disability and with PhD.

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Professor Oyvind Standal visits the LASE.

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From 21 till 27 of November the Norwegian School of Sport Science professor and researcher Ojvids Standals attended the Latvian Academy of Sport Education (LASE) to meet with researchers of the scientific project “Health and Social Indicators of Participation in Physical Activities for Children with Disabilities” (NFI/R/2014/070) and the academic personnel from the sport science and health care programs at the LASE. In collaboration with research project colleagues scientists worked on the project data and publication. O.Standal had the lecture for the LASE doctoral and health care master students about qualitative research methods used in sport and health care research. Visit was held within EEZ/Norwegian financial tool co-financed project implementation activity “Scholarships” project “Innovative measurement of physical activity in health care and sport science studies” (nr. EEZ/NFI/S/2015/021).

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10TH BALTIC SCIENTIFIC CONFERENCE MULTIPLICITY OF SPORTS SCIENCE IN PRACTICE

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LATVIAN ACADEMY OF SPORT EDUCATION

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10TH BALTIC SCIENTIFIC CONFERENCE 
MULTIPLICITY OF SPORTS SCIENCE IN PRACTICE

April 26 - 28, 2017
Riga, LATVIA 

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LASE academic staff mobility visit to the Norway

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From 5th to 2th September prof. Aija Kļavina and assistant Karina Ostrovska from the LASE attended the Norwegian School of Sport Science (NSSS) as part of the Research and Scholarship Programme (LV05) co-financed by the EEA and Norway Grants project “Innovative Physical Activity Measures in Health and Sport Science Studies” (nr.EEZ/NFI/S/2015/021). During staff mobility visit prof. Aija Kļaviņa met with the head of the Sport education department prof. Aage Radmanu, who holds this position since September 2016.  A.Klaviņa and K.Ostrovska together with researcher prof. O.Standal and researcher assistant Anja Jondal Digranes worked on research project results and discussed the development of the outline of international research manuscript. Researchers agreed about the research work design for data elaboration in the project regarding the section of qualitative indicators. A.J.Digranes will do data collection. Additionally, colleagues discussed the agenda for prof. Standal to Latvia, November 21-27.

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Project presentation in the largest European sport science congress

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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

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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)

 

Four presentations on Norway Grants project results at the European Congress

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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.

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Project Results in the Students Research

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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.

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Prof. A.Klavina

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Summary of the Project Progress

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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).

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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).

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Figure 2 - First prototype of the sensor device

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Chief Researcher of the Project

 
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