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Foothill College Course Outline of Record

Foothill College Course Outline of Record
Heading Value
Units: 4
Hours: 4 lecture per week (48 total per quarter)
Advisory: Not open to students with credit in SPED 50.
Degree & Credit Status: Degree-Applicable Credit Course
Foothill GE: Non-GE
Transferable: CSU
Grade Type: Letter Grade Only
Repeatability: Not Repeatable

Student Learning Outcomes

  • A successful student will be able to Identify and assess the challenges presented in a fitness setting.
  • A successful student will be able to formulate a comprehensive exercise program for a specific disabled client


Introduces fitness professionals to the information and skills necessary to work with the disabled and/or older adult client in an adaptive fitness setting. Provides history and overview of adaptive fitness. Includes overview of specific disabilities. Addresses fundamentals and benefits of adaptive fitness, basic anatomy, muscles and movement, contraindicated exercises and assessment techniques. Will also include exercise program design.

Course Objectives

The student will be able to:
A. discuss the history and an overview of adaptive fitness
B. define and discuss information regarding specific disabilities
C. summarize the fundamentals and benefits of adaptive fitness
D. identify and understand basic surface anatomy
E. discuss and evaluate muscles and movements while performing basic exercises
F. identify appropriate assessment techniques
G. distinguish contraindicated exercises
H. design an adaptive fitness program

Course Content

A. History and overview of adaptive fitness
1. Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act
2. From adapted physical education to adaptive fitness
3. How improved fitness can foster improved quality of life
3. Changes that a disabling condition has on a individual's life
B. Specific disabilities
1. Metabolic conditions
a. Diabetes
b. Obesity
2. Cardiovascular and respiratory conditions
a. Heart disease
b. Asthma
3. Neurological conditions
a. Multiple sclerosis
b. Parkinson disease
e. Stroke
d. Spinal cord injury
4. Orthopedic conditions
a. Arthritis
b. Joint replacements
c. Osteoporosis
d. Low back conditions
C. Fundamentals and benefits
1. Improvement in movement and mobility
2. Reduced risk factors for chronic conditions
3. Lessened symptoms related to mental health issues
4. Enhanced self efficacy
5. More productive member of society
D. Basic surface anatomy
1. Upper extremity
2. Torso/back
3. Hip/pelvic
4. Lower extremity
E. Muscle and joint movement
1. General anatomical movements, joint stability
2. Location of major surface anatomy
3. Interaction of muscles in movement
4. Muscles and movements when performing exercises
F. Assessment techniques
1. Flexibility
2. Cardiovascular endurance
3. Muscle strength
4. Muscle endurance
5. Balance
6. Coordination
7. Posture
G. Contraindicated exercises
1. Do's and don'ts
2. Exercise rationale
3. Safety considerations
H. Design an adaptive program
1. Flexibility
2. Cardiovascular endurance
3. Muscle strength
4. Muscle endurance
5. Balance
6. Coordination
7. Posture

Lab Content

Not applicable.

Special Facilities and/or Equipment

A. Multimedia classroom.
B. Classroom accessible to the disabled.
C. When taught via Foothill Global Access, on-going access to computer with email software and hardware; email address.

Method(s) of Evaluation

A. Class participation
B. Oral presentation of case study
C. Oral and written quizzes, midterm exam
D. Written case study

Method(s) of Instruction

Lecture, discussion, cooperative learning exercises, field work, oral presentations, demonstrations.

Representative Text(s) and Other Materials

Winniick, Joseph. Adapted Physical Education and Sport. 6th ed. Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics, 2016.


Types and/or Examples of Required Reading, Writing, and Outside of Class Assignments

The student will complete a comprehensive case study about a client, discussing all aspects of the client. The case study will be an overview of a client that the student worked with from the physiology and dysfunction of the condition to the psycho/social aspects of the client. Confidentiality will be respected regarding the client in the case study.



Physical Education (Adapted): Disabled Student Programs and Services