Journal of Exercise Rehabilitation
The purpose of this study was to investigate the impact of a community-based aquatic exercise program on physical performance among adults with mild to moderate intellectual disability (ID). Twenty-two community-dwelling adults with mild to moderate ID volunteered to participate in this study. Participants completed an 8-week aquatic exercise program (2 days/wk, 1 hr/session). Measures of physical performance, which were assessed prior to and following the completion of the aquatic exercise program, included the timed-up-and-go test, 6-min walk test, 30-sec chair stand test, 10-m timed walk test, hand grip strength, and the static plank test. When comparing participants’ measures of physical performance prior to and following the 8-week aquatic exercise program, improvements were seen in all measures, but the change in scores for the 6-min walk test, 30-sec chair stand test, and the static plank test achieved statistical significance (P<0.05). An 8-week group aquatic exercise program for adults with ID may promote improvements in endurance and balance/mobility.
aquatic, intellectual disability, therapy
Hakim, R., Ross, M., Runco, W., & Kane, M. (2017). A Community-Based Aquatic Exercise Program to Improve Endurance and Mobility in Adults with Mild to Moderate Intellectual Disability. Journal of Exercise Rehabilitation, 13(1), 89-94. https://doi.org/10.12965/jer.1732838.419