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Creation Date

Spring 4-1-2017

Major

Recreation and Parks Administration

Department

Recreation and Park Administration

Degree

Graduate

Mentor

Michael J. Bradley

Mentor Department

Recreation and Park Administration

Abstract

“Swimming is the fourth most popular sports activity in the United States and a good way to get regular aerobic physical activity. This can lead to improved health for people with diabetes and heart disease” (www.cdc.gov). Swimming also is a great way for people who suffer from a disability to get the opportunity to become able again, even if it is for a short time. People who suffer from chronic diseases such as arthritis can see an improvement in the use of their joints without worsening their symptoms. Pain is decreased, mobility is increased, and the overall quality of life for the individual improves from just a couple sessions in the water. The purpose of this study will be to explore other disabilities and diseases in which hydrotherapy is beneficial. The goal of the researcher will also be to advocate for people with special disabilities so their opportunities to feel “normal” will increase as well. When both of these things happen, the number of recreation agencies who understand the immense amount of pool therapy benefits will increase dramatically.

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