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Adapted Kinesiology Program (AKIN)

​Program Mission Statement:

Adapted Kinesiology encourages individuals with disabilities and/or chronic illness to study and apply general fitness and movement principles throughout their lifelong participation in physical activity, exercise, and sport. Adapted Kinesiology also supports volunteers and interns pursuing knowledge and experience with this population in the Fitness and Healthcare industry.


Program Description:

Adapted Kinesiology classes are designed for students with disabilities who can benefit from individualized exercise programs and sport activities. Students are encouraged to maximize their physical potential within the limitations of their disabilities. Physical activities provide opportunities to transition into other physical education courses, use for transfer or just function at the highest physical level possible. Individualized programs provide adaptive equipment, appropriate exercise and sport activities, supervision as well as assistance.


Student Volunteer Assistants are recruited to work with the students with disabilities in their classes and gain valuable experience and service hours towards careers in the Fitness and Healthcare Industry. Student Volunteer Assistants may choose to add an internship in Adapted Kinesiology and move on to study towards a BA/BS in this area.  Career opportunities are dependent on undergraduate and graduate degrees, experience and advanced certifications through organizations such as ACSM, ACE, ISSA etc.


Some Career Possibilities:

Strength & Conditioning Coach, Fitness Specialist, Exercise Technician, Exercise Specialist, Exercise Physiologist, Community Exercise Specialist, Physical Educator, Adapted Physical Education Specialist, Educator, Professor, Researcher


Title of Courses in Program:

A172 Adapted Aquatics

A173 Adapted Strength & Balance

A176 Adapted Stretch

A174 Adapted Cardio

A171 Adapted Individual Sport

A170 Adapted Strength

A175 Adapted Aerobics


Fast Facts about the Program:

  • Adapted Kinesiology supports an attitude of inclusion and acceptance of differences, promotes lifelong physical activity, and empowers individual students to embrace all aspects of wellness.
  • Students learn in an active engaging setting taught by outstanding faculty and supported with active, enthusiastic Student Volunteer Assistants.
  • AKIN encourages participation in the Spirit of Ability Club, college and community events that support socio-cultural interaction, fitness and health.
  • Potential students must register as an OCC student and through Disabled Students Programs and Services on campus. Call 714-432-5807 to request an appointment.
  • Adapted Kinesiology students and volunteers act as advocates for access to community fitness opportunities for people with disabilities and/or chronic illness.  

Contact information:

For more information regarding potential AKIN student's individual needs, suggestions for appropriate classes and class details, and/or enquiries regarding AKIN volunteer and internship opportunities, please contact Robin O'Connor, at 432-5528 or email