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Adapted Kinesiology:

Adapted Kinesiology

photoIndividual fitness goals of the students are the highest priority for the IVC Adapted Kinesiology Fitness Program. As part of the College's commitment to serve our entire community and embrace the rich diversity of our area, Adapted Kinesiology is a key component in the programs of both the School of Kinesiology, Health Sciences and Athletics and our colleagues in Disabled Students Programs and Services (DSPS)

Adapted Kinesiology At A Glance

Students enrolled in KNEA 1 work with their IVC instructor to develop a Personal Exercise Plan (PEP), focusing on fitness goals while accounting for each student's abilities. PEPs include activities designed to improve strength, flexibility, balance and cardiovascular endurance in a well-rounded program. Each student participates in a battery of assessments as a baseline and then periodically throughout the course using objective measures of fitness to determine progress and to make any necessary adjustments to his/her workout regimen.

  • Enrollment in either KNEA 1 is required to participate.
  • Classes have been designed for those with temporary or chronic conditions who cannot attain their fitness goals at local health clubs.
  • Courses are offered in either the afternoons or evenings to meet the needs of all students.
  • Pre- & Post-assessments of student fitness are included in each course.
  • Individually centered, Personal Exercise Plans are developed with each student.
  • Students may receive assistance with maintenance of their exercise programs after discharge from physical therapy, formal rehabilitation, or in their recovery from athletic or sports injuries.
  • Assistants are available for some participants; a student's qualified personal assistant may also participate in this course by either enrolling in the class themselves or by signing a volunteer waiver agreement.
  • State-of-the-Art equipment and facilities.
  • Sessions begin on the first day of classes in each of the Fall, Spring and Summer terms.
  • Courses can be taken for either a letter grade or credit/no credit. Forms are available in Admission and records.
  • 1 unit transfer credit may be available.

The Personal Exercise Plan

Upon a student's initial enrollment in the IVC Adapted Fitness Program, IVC staff will coordinate with a participant's past medical treatments and/or therapy, current physical ability and personal goals to develop a Personal Exercise Plan. This customized plan, designed at first enrollment in Adapted Fitness Program, considers your fitness goals, your relevant medical background and your current physical ability. Baseline objective measures may include strength, balance and flexibility measures, body fat, girth and weight measurements, resting heart rate and blood pressure, and sub-maximal VO2. This information will be used to establish a list of recommended exercises and activities to help you reach your fitness goals while accommodating any special physical needs. Plans are re-assessed throughout the course of each semester, and term-to-term for continuing students, and modified accordingly.

Equal Fitness Opportunity

A number of our students require varying degrees of assistance with their exercise programs. Examples range from students who require comprehensive one-on-one assistance to safely perform their exercise routine, such as those with cognitive impairments, to students that merely require minimal assistance in their set-up on a piece of equipment. After an exercise program is established, every effort is made to partner students with a fellow student or student assistant to complete their routine in a safe and efficient manner. These assistants are paid staff, volunteers, and students at IVC who earn credit in classes that allow them to explore careers in related health professions and working with individuals with disabilities.

IVC also permits students to use their own qualified personal assistant, either through the assistant's enrollment in the course or through the use of a volunteer waiver. Please note that all assistants must operate at all times under the direction of the faculty instructor teaching the course.


Publicly funded, Irvine Valley College and the South Orange County Community College District keeps education costs to a minimum. For a low cost student fee (which in some cases may be waived - see the IVC Financial Aid Office for more information and to see if you qualify) and a state-mandated health fee, the participant has access to a state-of-the-art facility, highly specialized adaptive equipment, professional staff and assistants. This amounts to about $1 per hour of class for students not on financial aid.

Health and Safety

Students are encouraged to complete all formal physical therapy or other medical rehabilitation prior to enrollment in class. In some instances, students use these classes as a bridge between formal therapy and returning to a prior exercise routine. In these cases, students are asked to have their physician or therapist provide information so that their personal exercise plan will work to augment their medical condition and/or rehabilitation. Physicians and therapists may be asked to provide information about precautions and limitations to exercise so that any routine developed will be safe.

Additional Information

Disabled Students Program and Services
(949) 451-5630 Fax | (949) 451-5386


Keith Shackleford, JD
Dean, Kinesiology, Health & Athletics
Athletics Director

Corine Reymond
Sr. Admin. Assistant, Kinesiology, Health & Athletics

T: 949-451-5398 
O: PE 225

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