The physical and psychological benefits of martial arts training for individuals with disabilities
A 2002 graduate research paper for the University of Wisconsin-Stout
This study sought to determine the physical and emotional benefits of martial arts training for persons with disabilities. The study used the results of questionnaires presented to disabled martial art participants.
Conclusions. Results suggested that martial art training does help improve physical functioning, especially in the area of increased strength, balance, and stamina. In addition, they increase the sense of wellbeing and offer an overall improvement in quality of life.
The results suggest that the power punch is less potent than the reverse punch, but is similarly effective for throwing the opponent off-balance.