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dc.contributor.advisorHeller, Tamaren_US
dc.contributor.authorLangley, Emily R.en_US
dc.date.accessioned2013-06-28T17:26:44Z
dc.date.available2013-06-28T17:26:44Z
dc.date.created2013-05en_US
dc.date.issued2013-06-28
dc.date.submitted2013-05en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10027/9917
dc.description.abstractA study of the accessibility of fitness centers in the Chicago area was conducted using a cross-sectional design with a two group comparison. The research examined both franchise facilities and privately owned facilities using part of the Accessibility Instruments Measuring Fitness and Recreation Environments (AIMFREE) tool. The main purpose of this study was to assess the compliance of accessibility criteria for individuals with disabilities by different types of fitness centers. The second purpose of the present study was to determine the top three least compliant areas within the fitness centers, and the third purpose of this study is to compare whether or not the areas of least compliance differ by fitness center type. Franchise gyms were generally found to be more accessible than privately owned facilities, though the data shows a low level of accessibility for Chicago gyms overall. Offering better education about the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) for gym managers and owners as well as stronger enforcement of ADA guidelines will help provide a more accessible environment conducive to physical activity for people with disabilities. Further research is needed in order to learn more about fitness center accessibility and how to most efficiently increase accessibility standards in gyms so people with disabilities can utilize fitness centers in a functional manner.en_US
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.rightsCopyright 2013 Emily R. Langleyen_US
dc.subjectaccessibilityen_US
dc.subjectdisabilityen_US
dc.subjectfitness centersen_US
dc.subjectphysical activityen_US
dc.subjectAccessibility Instruments Measuring Fitness and Recreation Environments (AIMFREE)en_US
dc.titleComparing Accessibility between Two Types of Fitness Centers for People with Disabilitiesen_US
thesis.degree.departmentDisability and Human Developmenten_US
thesis.degree.disciplineDisability and Human Developmenten_US
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Illinois at Chicagoen_US
thesis.degree.levelMastersen_US
thesis.degree.nameMS, Master of Scienceen_US
dc.type.genrethesisen_US
dc.contributor.committeeMemberHsieh, Kueifang (Kelly)en_US
dc.contributor.committeeMemberRimmer, Jamesen_US
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