Graduation Date

Spring 2023

Document Type



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

Committee Chair Name

Dr. Rock Braithwaite

Committee Chair Affiliation

HSU Faculty or Staff

Second Committee Member Name

Dr. David Adams

Second Committee Member Affiliation

HSU Faculty or Staff

Third Committee Member Name

Dr. Jill Anderson

Third Committee Member Affiliation

HSU Faculty or Staff

Fourth Committee Member Name

Dr. Chris Hopper

Fourth Committee Member Affiliation

HSU Faculty or Staff


Aquatics, Swimming, Disabilities, Physical education, Physical activity, Community programs, Aquatic sports, Education, Special education

Subject Categories



The purpose of the meta-analysis was to determine the impact of aquatic-based interventions on health-related fitness and skill-based outcomes for children with disabilities. PRISMA guidelines were used to complete the procedures of the meta-analysis. Twenty-three studies met the inclusion criteria and results indicate that overall, aquatic programming likely positively affects students with disabilities and health-related fitness outcomes. Recommendations provide direction for future studies to help improve intervention results.

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