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Victor Andrews1, Katie M. Heinrich1, Derek A. Crawford2, Theresa Larson3, Max Conserva4

1Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS; 2Pittsburg State University, Pittsburg, KS; 3Movement Rx Integrated Health, San Diego, CA; 4Adaptive Athletic, San Francisco, CA

High intensity functional training (HIFT) is an exercise modality that emphasizes functional multi-joint movements that can be adapted to any fitness level. Recently, HIFT organizations have begun implementing adaptive programs specific for those with adaptive needs (e.g., spinal cord injury, limb loss, stoke, etc.). Adaptive HIFT programs have potential to positively impact Quality of Life (QoL). PURPOSE: To assess self-reported QoL domains (physical and psychological health, social relationships, and environment) and general health for adults participating in an adaptive HIFT program. METHODS: Eight adults with adaptive needs (age = 38 ± 11 years, 75% male) enrolled in an 8-week HIFT intervention. QoL was assessed online via the World Health Organization (WHO) QoL-BREF survey, which reported a general QoL score, general health score, and QoL across four domains: physical health, psychological health, social relationships, and their environment. General QoL and health scores ranged from 1-5 with higher scores indicating greater QoL and health. Domain score questions were rated by a 5-point Likert scale, summed, and transformed into percentile scores ranging from 0-100, with higher scores indicating greater QoL. RESULTS: General QoL (4.4 ± 0.5) and health (3.4 ± 1.3) were relatively high. QoL percentile averages by domain were lowest for physical health (74

.3 ± 7.9), followed by social relationships (76.9 ± 11.2), psychological health (72.8 ± 10.4), and environment (79.5 ± 10.7). CONCLUSION: Physical health was lowest for adaptive athletes at the start of the intervention, followed by social relationships, psychological health, and their environment. As compared to healthy population norms (ages 30-39) for the WHOQOL-BREF, our participants’ physical health was lower value, while their environment was higher. Adaptive HIFT programs may be beneficial for those with adaptive needs due to their focus on functional multi-joint movements that fall within the physical health domain of QoL. Due to the small sample size additional research is required for this population.

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