Health Club Facility Operators' Perceived Level of Compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act

in Journal of Sport Management
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  • 1 Kent State University
  • 2 The Ohio State University
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This study examined the self-perceived compliance of health club facility operators with the American with Disabilities Act (ADA). A 112-item survey was developed to assess; awareness of ADA regulations, knowledge of the ADA and disability function, perceptions toward ADA regulations, and self-perceived compliance with ADA regulations. The questionnaire was administered to a random sample (N = 190) of facility operators in Ohio. Because only 45 (23.7%) responded, surveys were sent to the remainder of the facility operators (n = 180), yielding another 5 usable questionnaires. To verify the questionnaire's subscale structure, item-to-total correlations and internal consistency estimates (a) were utilized, and descriptive statistics and correlations were carried out. The findings suggest that low levels of awareness are associated with low to moderate levels of self-perceived compliance, that facility operators are only moderately knowledgeable and generally perceptive of the ADA, and that they are not fully complying with ADA regulations.

M.R. Lyberger is with the Department of Exercise, Leisure, and Sport at Kent State University, Warren, OH 44483. D.L. Pastore is with the School of PAES at The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH 43210-1284.

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