At TNT Kid’s Fitness, we are proud to have facilitated research conducted at our facility.  ABLE in School is committed to advancing knowledge and innovation in inclusive fitness and education. Explore our research articles below to learn about the impact of structured exercise programs on quality of life for adults with disabilities and the development of community partnerships to enrich pediatric physical therapy education through experiential learning. These studies reflect our dedication to promoting inclusivity, improving outcomes, and driving positive change in the field of fitness and education.

Effectiveness of Physical Activity in Relation to the Quality of Life for Individuals with Disabilities

By: Sarah M. Bowers, Kelly M. Hutchins, Trisa Hutchinson, Brock Kolander, Averi Olson, & Casandra Shorma

Purpose: Adults with disabilities often face challenges meeting the recommended guidelines for physical activity, impacting their occupational engagement and quality of life (QoL). This study investigated the effects of a 6-week exercise program on timed-repetition-maximum in specific
exercises and QoL of adults with disabilities.

Methods: A quasi-experimental design was used to collect data from 10 adults with disabilities, measuring the impact of a 6-week exercise training program on QoL. Physical activity was measured utilizing a timed-repetition-maximum test of four different exercises. Exercises were chosen by researchers to correlate with functional movement needed for daily occupations. QoL was measured using the Physical and Psychosocial Domains of the World Health Organization Quality of Life Scale-Disabilities (WHOQOL-DIS).

Results: A positive correlation was present between the 6-week exercise program and timed-repetition-maximum, as well as QoL. Results from all areas measured showed increases from the pre-test to the post-test.

Conclusion: The results of the present study suggest that participation in a structured physical
fitness program can positively impact QoL for adults with disabilities.

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