Dr. Mariana TUDOR

Physical fitness and school participation of primary school children with disabilities

Education is one of the central themes of the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, and SDG 4 refers to inclusive and equitable quality education and promotion of lifelong learning opportunities for all children, regardless of their health or socio-economic status (UN, 2018). Different challenges for the children, the teachers, the parents and the educational system itself interfere with this process. Children with disabilities have lower physical fitness and restricted school participation than their peers. The purpose of our study is to identify the fitness profile of children with disabilities and to explore how it is associated with school participation. Anthropometric data (body weight and height; body mass index; chest and abdominal perimeters) and physical fitness components (upper and lower body flexibility; functional strength; static and dynamic balance and aerobic condition) were collected from children at ages 6 to 9, in two schools from urban area. We then used them to study what factors, as group and gender-related, are statistically associated with higher academic performance and participation in both the academic and social aspects of the school program (as measured by the School Function Assessment (SFA) (Davies et al., 2004)).
To facilitate access to quality and inclusive education, it is important to collect detailed information about children’s functioning and support needs and then to guide service decisions and resource planning to meet those needs.


Authors: Mariana Tudor, Luminita Georgescu, University of Pitesti.
Supervisor: Professor, PhD., MD., Luminita GEORGESCU.

Dr. Mariana TUDOR


Senior Future Leader/Volunteer (FLV) of Global Community Health (GCH)
Department of Medical Assistance and Physical Therapy
University of Pitesti, Romania




Dr. Mariana Tudor is Physiotherapist and Lecturer at Department of Medical Assistance and Physical Therapy, University of Pitesti, Romania. Her major research interest is on health, therapeutic or health education, rehabilitation, active lifestyle promotion, both at individual and community’s level. She has been involved in several projects and many scientific conferences with themes related with rehabilitation in different settings and age groups, adapted physical activities, injury prevention and social inclusion for people with disabilities. As member of the FLV Program since 2013, she attended several international conferences and served as Team Leader in 2013, 2016 and 2019.