Graduation Date

Fall 2018

Document Type

Thesis

Program

Master of Science degree with a major in Kinesiology, option Teaching/Coaching

Committee Chair Name

Chris Hopper

Committee Chair Affiliation

HSU Faculty or Staff

Second Committee Member Name

David Adams

Second Committee Member Affiliation

HSU Faculty or Staff

Third Committee Member Name

Jill Pawlowski

Third Committee Member Affiliation

HSU Faculty or Staff

Subject Categories

Kinesiology

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to test the effect a summer-long family fitness program on the physical fitness levels of children with disabilities. Obesity in children with disabilities is a major health concern. Incorporating the child’s family, teaching them ways to stay active, and associating fun with physical activity was the focus of a summer-long family fitness program; FitFam. This study assessed the physical fitness levels of the participants, children ages six through twenty-one, using the standardized Fitnessgram assessment. Pre- and post- scores were used to determine the overall outcome of the participants’ physical fitness. This study did not show any significant change in the children’s pre- and post- test scores. However, there were some individuals who did show overall positive improvement in the Fitnessgram. The Fitnessgram Physical Fitness Assessment can be effectively used to assess the physical fitness levels of students with disabilities.

Citation Style

APA

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