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Physical Activity and Intellectual Disability

Duplanty, Anthony MS; Vingren, Jakob PhD, CSCS*D; Keller, Jean PhD

Section Editor(s): Ronai, Paul MS, RCEP, CSCS*D, NSCA-CPT

Strength & Conditioning Journal: April 2014 - Volume 36 - Issue 2 - p 26–28
doi: 10.1519/SSC.0000000000000039
Special Populations

ABSTRACT: INDIVIDUALS WITH INTELLECTUAL DISABILITY CAN BENEFIT FROM PHYSICAL ACTIVITY PROGRAMS. IT IS IMPORTANT THAT FITNESS PROFESSIONALS UNDERSTAND INDIVIDUALS' MEDICAL CONDITIONS, INTELLECTUAL AND SOCIAL ABILITIES, AS WELL AS THEIR REQUIRED SYSTEMS OF SUPPORT AND USE THIS KNOWLEDGE TO DESIGN AND ADAPT PHYSICAL ACTIVITIES ACCORDING TO THE NEEDS OF EACH INDIVIDUAL.

Department of Kinesiology, Health Promotion, and Recreation, Applied Physiology Laboratory, University of North Texas, Denton, Texas

The Special Populations Column provides personal trainers who work with apparently healthy or medically cleared special populations with scientifically supported background information.

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COLUMN EDITOR: Peter Ronai, MS, RCEP, CSCS*D, NSCA-CPT

Conflicts of Interest and Source of Funding: The authors report no conflicts of interest and no source of funding.

Anthony Duplanty is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Kinesiology, Health Promotion, and Recreation at the University of North Texas.

Jakob Vingren is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Kinesiology, Health Promotion, and Recreation at the University of North Texas.

Jean Keller is a Professor in the Department of Kinesiology, Health Promotion, and Recreation at the University of North Texas.

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