The Fitness Clinic for Individuals with Disabilities is a community outreach program through the School of Exercise and Nutritional Sciences at San Diego State University. Founded by Dr. Peter M. Aufsesser in 1983, the Fitness Clinic serves those from the San Diego region with a wide variety of physical disabilities and offers them the opportunity to reach their fitness and exercise goals. A place is provided which allows clients to develop management skills for their disabilities. Clients' ages have ranged from 2 to 98 years.
The fitness clinic also serves as an educational experience for SDSU Kinesiology students, including those majoring in prephysical therapy, athletic training, and fitness specialist. Students, under the direct guidance and supervision of faculty and staff, work directly with the clients on a variety of exercises and activities.
The Fitness Clinic for Individuals with Disabilities was founded with the assistance of a federal grant from the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitation Services. Since 1986, the Fitness Clinic has been self-supporting. The program was developed with the goal to provide a dual service-training model, providing service to individuals with severe physical and neuromuscular disabilities and training student majoring in adapted physical education, pre-physical therapy, fitness, nutrition and health.
Since 1983 the Fitness Clinic has provided over 3,000 students with a state of the art hands on training experience in which to hone their skills, and has also provided over 1300 individuals with various disabilities a place to improve their strength, endurance, flexibility and overall health and wellness The Fitness Clinic currently serves about 100 clients each semester and trains approximately 250 students per year.