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Pitney, William A., 1965-

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B.S. (Bachelor of Science)

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Department of Kinesiology and Physical Education


The main focus of this project was to research the program profiles and perceived benefits on people with arthritis in aquatic exercise programs. Fifty-five participants in aquatic exercise classes were asked to respond to a questionnaire and comparisons were made between arthritic and non-arthritic groups. A majority of the individuals in the aquatic exercise program reported having arthritis. Approximately half of the respondents reported having participated in the program for more than one year. More than half of the individuals reported exercising three to four times per week. Two of the program sites employed certified aquatic instructors. All four of the sites required pre-screening physicals or surveys before participation could begin. The aquatic exercise programs currently available to the general public are reaching people with arthritis. These individuals are perceiving benefits in both occupational and functional activities. Aquatic exercise programs are currently not following any specific guidelines for class activity.


Includes bibliographical references.


31 pages




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