Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management

Committee Member

Jasmine N. Townsend, Committee Chair

Committee Member

Brandi M. Crowe

Committee Member

Brent L. Hawkins


The purpose of this study was to explore the specific case of participating in a functional fitness program for adults with physical disabilities. Although there is a growing body of literature concerning the importance of physical exercise for individuals with disabilities, little to no research has been completed specifically concerning the utilization of functional fitness. This study defines functional fitness as a physical exercise program, and explores the phenomenon of impacts to functioning for the participants who were involved. Through the means of case study methodology, this study assessed the impacts of functional fitness participation on physical functioning, instrumental activities of daily living, and quality of life among adults with physical disabilities.



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