Document Type

Thesis - Open Access

Award Date


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department / School

Physical Education


This paper is an attempt to correlate intelligence and motor proficiency and to determine if remedial physical education will improve motor proficiency significantly. The Oseretsky Tests of Motor Proficiency were used by the author in a test-retest situation during a six month program of remedial physical education. This paper discusses the mentally retarded students who were incapable, because of their limited capacities, of adequately to their environment. Society is becoming more aware of their responsibility in providing adequate programs for the treatment and care of the mentally retarded. According to the United States Department of Health, Education and Welfare, 126,000 or 3 out of every 100 children born in the United States each year are mentally retarded.3 The purpose of this study was to determine the effect of a program of remedial physical education on motor proficiency of mentally retarded children. (see more in text)

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Physical education for children with mental disabilities
Children with mental disabilites -- Education




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