Disability and Physical Activity

The Disability and Physical Activity Research Group is dedicated to the study of physical activity and its benefits for people with disabilities. This group uses an integrative bio-behavioral approach, endorsing the notion that both disability and physical activity are complex experiences with multi-dimensional consequences.

Primary Associated Faculty

Associated Doctoral Students

  • Poram Choi
  • Yonjoong (YJ) Ryuh

Associated Master's Students

  • Troy Allred

Research Emphasis

  • Physical Activity Assessment
  • Relationships of Physical Activity and Physical Fitness with Health Outcomes
  • Physiology of Movement
  • Movement Patterns
  • Psychology of Physical Activity

Recent Publications

  • Bertapelli, F., Agiovlasitis, S., Machado, M.R., do Val Roso, R., & Guerra-Junior, G. (Accepted for Publication). Growth charts for Brazilian children with Down syndrome: Birth to 20 years of age. Journal of Epidemiology.
  • Love, A., & Agiovlasitis, S. (2016). How is physical activity perceived by adults with Down syndrome? Adapted Physical Activity Quarterly, 33(3), 253-270. doi: 10.1123/APAQ.2015-0042
  • Agiovlasitis, S., Beets, M.W., Lamberth, J., Pitetti, K.H., & Fernhall, B. (2016). Accuracy of a piezoelectric pedometer in persons with and without Down syndrome. Research in Developmental Disabilities, 59, 73-79. doi:10.1016/j.ridd.2016.08.003
  • Agiovlasitis, S., Sandroff, B.M., & Motl, R.W. (2016). Step-rate cut-points for physical activity intensity in patients with multiple sclerosis: The effect of disability status. Journal of the Neurological Sciences, 361, 95-100. doi:10.1016/j.jns.2015.12.027
  • Agiovlasitis, S., McCubbin, J.A., Yun, J., Widrick, J.J., & Pavol, M.J. (2015). Gait characteristics of adults with Down syndrome explain their greater metabolic rate during walking. Gait and Posture, 41(1), 180-185.
  • Chen, C.C., Ringenbach, S.D.R. Crews, D., Kulinna, P., & Amazeen, E. (2015). The association between a single bout of moderate physical activity and executive function in young adults with Down syndrome: A preliminary study. Journal of Intellectual Disability Research, 59(7), 589-598.
  • Ringenbach, S.D.R., Zimmerman, K., Chen, C.C., Mulvey, G.M., Weeks, D.J., & Michael, H.T. (2014). Adults with Down syndrome performed repetitive movements fast with continuous music cues. Journal of Motor Learning and Development, 2(3), 47-54.
  • Chen, C.C., Ringenbach, S.D.R, & Snow, M. (2014). Treadmill Walking Effects on Grip Strength in Young Men with Down Syndrome. Research in Developmental Disabilities, 35, 288-293.
  • Chen, C.C., Spanò, G., & Edgin, J. (2013). The Impact of Sleep Disruption on Executive Function in Down Syndrome. Research in Developmental Disabilities, 34, 2033-2039.
  • Pan, Z., & Van Gemmert, A.W.A. (2013). The Effects of Aging on the Asymmetry of inter-limb transfer in a Visuo-Motor Task. Experimental Brain Research, 229 (4), 621-633.
  • Pan, Z., & Van Gemmert, A. W. A. (2013.) The Direction of Bilateral Transfer Depends on the Performance Parameter. Human Movement Science, 32(5), 1070-1081.