Adapted Kinesiology

The Adapted Kinesiology (KNEA) Program at Saddleback College began in the early 1980's to serve students with disabilities and special needs.  This program instructs students in exercises designed to maintain their health, well-being and improve their quality of life.  In tandem with the instructor, students develop fitness goals and an individualized exercise plan.  Special equipment is sometimes used to aid in student success.

We value independence in our students, both in small and larger exercise groups.  Although we are not able to provide one-on-one assistance for the entire duration of the class, we do have a number of class assistants, interns, and volunteers who help to keep the students safe.  Caregivers and family members (after signing a volunteer waiver) are allowed in class to provide any needed 1:1 assistance.

We strongly encourage students to receive appropriate medical treatment and rehabilitation before enrolling in our classes, which are all designed to maintain and improve physical conditioning.  We are not a rehabilitation facility and do not provide physical therapy.

The KNEA program serves a wide range of people with physical and cognitive disabilities, such as:

  • Cognitive disabilities (i.e. Autism, Developmental Delays, and Learning Disabilities, etc.)
  • Orthopedic conditions (i.e. low back pain, etc.)
  • Visual and hearing impairments
  • Chronically painful conditions (i.e. Fibromyalgia, etc.)
  • Neurological conditions (i.e. Post-Stroke, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson's Disease, etc.)
  • Traumatic conditions such as brain and spinal cord injury
  • Inherited conditions (i.e. Down Syndrome, Muscular Dystrophy, etc.)
  • Temporary conditions such as post recovery from a knee or hip injury/surgery
  • Metabolic conditions (i.e. diabetes and obesity, etc.)
  • Psychological challenges (i.e. anxiety and depression, etc.)
  • Other conditions not listed above

Classes Offered

KNEA 1 - Adapted Strength Training

KNEA 3 - Adapted Cardiovascular Conditioning

KNEA 4 - Adapted Stretching and Core Training

KNEA 5 - Adapted Swimming

KNEA 6 - Adapted Sports

KNEA 7 - Adapted Water Exercise and Aerobics

KNEA 8 - Adapted Outdoor Education and Recreation

KNEA 9 - Adapted Yoga


Testing and assessment of muscular strength and endurance, flexibility, body composition, skill-related fitness, and aquatic ability.

Program Information

Who Should Enroll?

Students with a variety of physical and cognitive challenges often join the Adapted Kinesiology classes after they have finished therapy or rehab at a hospital, outpatient physical therapy facility or a home health care program.  Many adult transition students who have completed their high school education also enroll in these community college level classes.

NOTE: Students who require a personal assistant must provide their own.  Saddleback does not provide personal assistants.

Enrollment Requirements:

  • Have disability verified by a physician
  • Be able to benefit from the instruction
  • Provide own attendant for personal hygiene needs, dressing and 1:1 assistance for exercise
  • Be at least 18 years old, a high school graduate, or have a release from their school district

To learn more, please schedule a time with Instructor Mike Bennett (949-582-4761) or our Program Assistant (949-582-4679) to observe a class:

  • See how the class operates
  • Understand logistics such as parking, class and locker room locations, etc.
  • Receive registration forms and paperwork