What is Adapted Physical Activity?
Adapted physical activity is a cross-disciplinary body of practical and theoretical knowledge directed toward impairments, activity limitations, and participation restrictions in physical activity. It is a service delivery profession and an academic field of study that supports an attitude of acceptance of differences, advocates access to active lifestyles and sport, and promotes innovative and cooperative service delivery, supports, and empowerment. Adapted physical activity includes, but is not limited to, physical education, sport, recreation, dance, creative arts, nutrition, medicine, and rehabilitation.
Researchers in this area study issues related to children’s and adults’ engagement and inclusion in physical activity, recreation, and sport settings.
Focus of Research
Dr. Janice Causgrove Dunn
Dr. Causgrove Dunn's research interests primarily focus on motivational constructs and physical activity participation of children with impairment. Most recently, she has begun working in the area of curriculum development and delivery in Adapted Physical Activity at the undergraduate level.
Dr. Donna Goodwin
Dr. Goodwin's research interests are ethical professional and research practice in Adapted Physical Activity, and physical activity life experiences of people experiencing disability.
Dr. Nancy Spencer
Through her research, Dr. Spencer is committed to understanding how to facilitate inclusive and meaningful experiences in play, sport (parasport) and recreation for children and specifically people who experience disability, using qualitative approaches to research.
Dr. Danielle Peers
Dr. Peers' work bridges three fields: adapted physical activity, socio-cultural sport and movement studies, and critical disability studies.