Gabriella Bailon's Experience with SDSU Adaptive Fitness Clinic

Updated: 5 days ago

Gabriella is a fourth year Human Biology and Global Health double major. She is originally from Los Angeles and comes from a family of immigrants including her mother, who is from the Philippines and her father, who is from Mexico. Gabriella is a first generation American and college student with aspirations of working in health and how to best contribute to her community!


Gabriella's Field Experience was spent with The SDSU Adaptive Fitness Clinic, which is a community outreach program through the School of Exercise and Nutritional Sciences at SDSU. This program serves individuals from the San Diego region with minor to severe physical and neuromuscular disabilities as well as those interested in Active Aging and offers them the opportunity to reach their fitness and exercise goals.


As a volunteer at the SDSU Adaptive Fitness Clinic (AFC), Gabriella regularly interacted with students majoring in pre-physical therapy to help bring patients closer to their fitness and wellness goals. Patient conditions ranged from osteoporosis to trauma from vehicle accidents to neurodegenerative diseases. Gabriella often helped assist patients through their exercises and took note of their progress. During her last semester with SDSU AFC, Gabriella was personally assigned a patient, in which she was allowed to develop their program personally. In this case, Gabriella spoke with the patient's father to inquire about previous routines they have done as a basis for what she may or may not like. She would then keep detailed reports of her exercises and report on her progress through filling out weekly worksheets. Gabriella would volunteer twice a week for 1.5 hours a session in addition to being taught various stretches, exercises, and how to use clinic equipment to help patients.