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Motor abilities can be defined as innate and enduring Motor skills however can be learned and developed through repetition Combining a number of motor abilities develops these motor skills and with practice these skills become perfected In children these skills are unfamiliar at first but once used in everyday and recreational activities they become ordinary and effortless However some children are born with less developed motor abilities and some skills never become natural and effortless these individuals are characterized as physically handicapped The result of combining these lower-level abilities creates an inferior level of motor skills in physically handicapped children Therefore these children will never be at quite the same level as those children with normal motor abilities For this reason some handicapped children are not able to participate at the same level of physical activity as their peers Kasser Collier and Solava 1997 address the consequences of this lack of involvement The resultant inactivity negatively affects developing children in many ways especially their physical health p 50 Kasser et al 1997 suggests inclusion as a solution to this issue and mentions the positive effect that including disabled children in physical education classes has on the childrens value in the eyes of their peers In these cases when handicapped students are involved in activity classes specialists become involved in helping the student improve their motor development In most of these cases the physical educator and a physical therapist work together to improve gross motor performance and fitness Kasser et al 1997 The physical educator helps build upon the childs social emotional and motor development and brings the know-how in the area of effective teaching On the other hand the physical therapist focuses on the childs functional motor skills The physical therapist also has an understanding of functional and age appropriate sport activities that will motivate the individual to take an active role in improving his or her own motor skills Kasser et al 1997
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