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. 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 and fitness specialist emphasis. 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 students majoring in pre-physical therapy and fitness specialist emphasis.
Since 1983 the Fitness Clinic has provided thousands of 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 over 160 clients each semester and trains over 400 students students per year.