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ERIC Number: EJ1182344
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-2379-7762
Investigating the Outcomes and Perceptions of an Inclusive Aquatic Exercise Class for University Students with Physical Disabilities
Dysterheft, Jennifer; Chaparro, Gioella; Rice, Laura; Rice, Ian
Journal of Postsecondary Education and Disability, v31 n1 p41-56 Spr 2018
The purpose of this study was to determine whether university students with physical disabilities (SWD) gained similar benefits from recreational physical activity participation as able-bodied (AB) university students as reported in the literature. Researchers designed an inclusive, university-offered aquatic exercise class for SWD. Six SWD volunteered for participation and six SWD volunteered for the control group. Quantitative survey measures were used to compare group changes in exercise self-efficacy, quality of life, and social inclusion following the five-week testing period. Qualitative interviews were used to explore the experiences of intervention participants. Independent t-tests revealed no significant differences in pre/post changes between groups, however thematic analysis of qualitative interviews indicated intervention participants perceived numerous positive outcomes and experiences resulted from the intervention, very similar to those found in AB university students. Results from this study provide important information on participant experiences, outcomes, and assist in future recommendations for recreational physical activity for SWD.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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