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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

Aija Klavina

Chief Researcher of the Project

 

Project partners meet in Riga

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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.

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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

 

LASE students help at the Sport Festival “Come and do sports for fun!”

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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.

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Prof. Aija Klavina, Ph.D.

LASE

 

LASE SCIENCE DAYS 2016

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Application procedure for ERASMUS exchange students

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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.

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MEETING OF LATVIAN PARTNERS AT THE PROJECT “HEALTH AND SOCIAL INDICATORS OF PARTICIPATION IN PHYSICAL ACTIVITIES FOR CHILDREN WITH DISABILITIES”

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On the 30th October the Latvian partners of the project “Health and social indicators of participation in physical activities for children with disabilities” (nr. NFI/R/2014/070) had meeting at the Latvian Academy of Sport Education (LASE) to discuss the progress of project. This project is implemented in collaboation between the LASE, Riga Teacher Training and Education Management Academy, Institute of Electronics and Computer Science and Norwegian School of Sport Science and suported by the EEA/Norway Grants “Research and Scholarship” program in Latvia.

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Prof. Aija Klavina, the chief researcher of the project, informed participants on progress of the project, “All partners gradually have joined the project. The group of researchers from the LASE started project work in June , so we can share our progress now. We have developed initial protocols to determine health indicators that soon will be used to obtain project data”.

“13 undergraduate and graduate students of health care study programs have joined the project team. They will use project data in their research projects. The project contributes academic process at the Academy since students obtain scientific evidence based knowledge and experience as well as learn to work in interdisciplinary team of professionals from different research fields”, shares Prof. A.Klavina.

A.Klavina discussed with participants preparation for the data obtain during the Sport Festival on November 13 organized by the Latvian Disabled Children and Youth Sport Federation. About 200 children with different disabilities will be assessed during the event.

The next project work meeting will be held on November 27 with participation of researchers from the Norwegian School of Sport Science.

 

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Prof. Aija Klavina

 

Norway grant Project meeting in Oslo

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August 11-12 the chief researcher Aija Klavina participated in work meeting at the Norwegian School of Sport Science as part of the Norway Grant project „Health and Social Indicators of Participation in Physical Activities for Children with Disabilities” (NFI/R/2014/070). Also, Leo Selavo, the researcher from the project partner institution (Institute of Electronics and Computer Science) participated in the meeting. Latvian representatives met with Gunn Engelsrud, the chief of sport education department, Øyvind Førland Standal, associate professor and researcher, Kaja Stene representative of the financial department and Mette Oftebro, representative of the international office. Participants discussed methods that will be used during the 1st Work Package to determine qualitative and quantitative indicators for participation in physical activities for children with different functional limitations. All participants agreed on benefits of the interdisciplinary research team of sport science, health care and IT professionals involved in this project to strengthen human resource research and academic capacity in the partner institutions. Also, the Riga Teacher Training and Education Management Academy is involved in this project.

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Associate Professor, Øyvind Førland StandalNorwegian School of Sport Science

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Prof. Aija Klavina,
Chief researcher of the project

 

„Health and Social Indicators of Participation in Physical Activities for Children with Disabilities”

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EEA and Norway Grants 2009-2014

Programme LV05 “Research and Scholarship Programme”

„Health and Social Indicators of Participation in Physical Activities
for Children with Disabilities”

Nr.: NFI/R/2014/070

 

Project applicant: Latvian Academy of Sport Education (LV)

Project manager:

Name: Aija Kļaviņa

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Address: Brivibas street 333, Riga, Latvia, LV-1006

Project partners:

  • Norwegian School of Sport Science
  • Institute of Electronics and Computer Science
  • Riga Teacher Training and Education Management Academy
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