Major

Exercise Science - PrePhysical Therapy

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science

Date of Graduation

Spring 2019

Abstract

Purpose: The purpose of this study was to identify any correlation between quality of life and adaptive sport participation in individuals with disability. Methods: A questionnaire including the World Health Organization’s Quality of Life - BREF questionnaire and an adaptive sports impact questionnaire were electronically distributed to adults participating in an adaptive sport program. Athletes participating in the adaptive sport program’s wheelchair rugby team completed skill assessments that were examined for changes in physical domain. Results: All participants (n=11) rated their quality of life good or very good. Participants performed best in the environmental and physical domains of the WHOQOL-BREF. Skill assessment data showed only some improvements in physical skill data. Conclusion: Adaptive sport participation was found to correlate with high quality of life; duration of participation did not affect scores. Adaptive sports were found to increase environmental, physical, and social domains of wellness.

Research Sponsor

Dr. Ronald Otterstetter

First Reader

Dr. John Roncone

Second Reader

Barbara Jackson

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