This is the first book to offer an in-depth review of research pertaining to individuals with visual impairments across the full span of movement-related disciplines, from biomechanics and motor learning to physical education and Paralympic sport.


Each chapter highlights current research trends, future research directions, and practical implications in a key discipline or area of professional practice, drawing on empirical research evidence and opening up new avenues for cross-disciplinary working. Covering physical activity across the life course, from children and young people through to older adults, and addressing the important topic of deafblindness in some depth, the book goes further than any other book published to date on visual impairment and movement.


This is essential reading for all advanced students and researchers working in sport, exercise and disability, and an invaluable reference for practitioners and service providers, from in-service teachers and camp directors to physical therapists and physical activity promotion specialists.

chapter |3 pages


ByJustin A. Haegele

chapter Chapter 1|13 pages

Motor skill development

ByAli Brian

chapter Chapter 2|15 pages

Postural control and balance

ByAdam Pennell

chapter Chapter 3|15 pages

Orientation and mobility

ByRobert Wall Emerson

chapter Chapter 4|13 pages

School-based physical education

ByJustin A. Haegele, Xihe Zhu

chapter Chapter 5|9 pages

Youth sport and recreation

ByLauren J. Lieberman

chapter Chapter 6|9 pages

Family-based physical activity and recreation

ByBenazir Meera, Heather Katz, Laura Prieto, Luis Columna

chapter Chapter 7|19 pages

Visually impaired sport

ByJessica Macbeth

chapter Chapter 8|18 pages

Motivational psychology in physical activity and sport

ByT. N. Kirk

chapter Chapter 9|16 pages

Physical activity for adults with visual impairments: Benefits, barriers, and intervention strategies

ByJosé Marmeleira, Luis Laranjo

chapter Chapter 10|12 pages

Physical activity, fitness, body composition, and well-being among persons with visual impairments

ByLiv Berit Augestad, Ingvild Vatten Alsnes

chapter Chapter 11|18 pages

Perspectives from biomechanics

ByHunter J. Bennett

chapter Chapter 12|12 pages

Technological advances

ByKyle Rector

chapter Chapter 13|14 pages

Exercise, physical activity, and older adults

ByAmy E. Burton

chapter Chapter 14|12 pages

Deafblindness and movement

ByPamela Haibach-Beach