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ERIC Number: EJ807723
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 24
The Impact of a Community Based Exercise Program in Children and Adolescents with Disabilities: A Pilot Study
Oriel, Kathryn N.; George, Cheryl L.; Blatt, Philip J.
Physical Disabilities: Education and Related Services, v27 n1 p5-20 Fall 2008
This pilot study sought to determine if participation in an after school community-based exercise program would result in improved fitness, self-concept, and social skills in a heterogeneous sample of children and adolescents with disabilities. Eighteen participants with physical and/or cognitive disabilities were recruited for an 8-week exercise program. Pre/post testing measures included: a modified Presidential Fitness Test (PFT), Energy Expenditure Index (EEI), body mass index (BMI), and the Piers-Harris 2. Social interactions were recorded each week. The results of this pilot study indicated that children and adolescents with disabilities could improve in measures of fitness as a result of participation in a structured group exercise program. More importantly, study results underscore the need for further research to address the limitations and challenges inherent in providing and studying the effects of community-based programs in heterogeneous samples of children and adolescents with disabilities. (Contains 4 tables and 1 figure.)
Division for Physical and Health Disabilities, Council for Exceptional Children. 1110 North Glebe Road Suite 300, Arlington, VA 22201. Tel: 888-232-7733; Fax: 703-264-9494; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Piers Harris Childrens Self Concept Scale