An Innovative Approach to Health Promotion and Wellness for University Students with Intellectual and Physical Disabilities: A Case Series

Jennifer Tucker, Steve Korte, Brittany Kilduff, Patrick Pabian

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Abstract

A university setting offers a unique opportunity to address physical activity for individuals with disabilities. The purpose of this case series was to highlight the development of a formal student-assisted exercise program and examine its impact on the perceived quality of life, exercise confidence, and functional mobility of college-aged individuals with intellectual and physical disabilities. Data from twelve participants was analyzed. Seven participants demonstrated an improvement in scores on the Self-Efficacy to Exercise scale and eight improved in functional measures associated with strength. Thus, a collaborative assisted exercise program in a university setting may positively impact health and physical activity, and exercise participation in young adults with physical and/or intellectual disabilities.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)687-693
Number of pages7
JournalAmerican Journal of Lifestyle Medicine
Volume16
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 2022

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Keywords

  • Exercise
  • aerobic endurance
  • intellectual disability
  • physical disability
  • self-efficacy
  • strength

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Health Policy
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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