IFUS has a team of University of Florida undergraduate research assistants who test the peers with disabilities pre and post 8 week intervention. Research assistants record heart rates of a select number of randomized participants before and during exercise each day of the intervention program. Research assistants also work on projects primarily investigating topics related to regular exercise and people with disabilities.
PHYSICAL CAPACITY AND FUNCTIONAL ABILITIES IMPROVE IN YOUNG ADULTS WITH INTELLECTUAL DISABILITIES AFTER FUNCTIONAL TRAINING
Ryan B. Barwick, Mark D. Tillman, Christine B. Stopka, Krishna Dipnarine, Anthony Delsie, and Mona Sayedul Huq
This project compared heart rate data between two groups of individuals with disabilities ages 19-22 years. One group participated in functional training twice a week for eight weeks while the other group participated in weight training twice a week for eight weeks. Overall, the study found that overall fitness levels improved through functional training, which is more easily accessible than weight training.