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College of Professional Studies



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This research evaluates the success of utilizing Social Determination Theory (SDT) principles in an exercise program for disabled persons. According to SDT, social environments are essential for people to have autonomy, relatedness, and competence, which are essential for motivating exercise. In this study, the researcher looked into the exercise performance of an adult with Down Syndrome over a 6-week program held in a recreation facility in Northern California. The independent variables tested were walking, modified push-ups, and curl-ups. The findings of the study add to the existing literature on the efficiency of applying SDT for programming that caters to people with disabilities.



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