Adapted Physical Activity: the journey to Ithaca goes ahead: [Actividad Física Adaptada: el viaje a Ítaca continua].

Raúl Reina


The question about “What is Adapted Physical Activity -APA-” elicited such responses as gymnastics, dance, movement, exercise, sports, games, recreation, and physical education, among others. Hutzler and Sherrill (2007) described international perspectives concerning terms, definitions, and meanings of APA as (a) activities or service delivery, (b) a profession, and (c) an academic field of study. These authors concluded that APA should probably continue to thrive as a profession whether it is considered a cross-disciplinary field of study (or discipline) or a sub-specialization of physical education (PE), sport science, or kinesiology. From a sport science perspective, APA is defined as “research, theory and practice directed toward persons of all ages underserved by the general sport sciences, disadvantaged in resources, or lacking power to access equal physical activity opportunities and rights” (Sherrill & Hutzler, 2008, p. 91). APA has been attributed to being a meeting point between pedagogical and therapeutic concepts (Kiphard, 1990). Therefore, it is likely that developments in the medical and educational scholarly framework will affect this field of inquiry (Hutzler, 2011). In 1977, APA started a journey (to Ithaca?) thanks the establishment of the International Federation on Adapted Physical Activity (IFAPA), and this area had a continuous evolution and development, with a cross-disciplinary approach and a growing participation of the Physical activity and Sport Sciences.

(Full text / Leer + PDF)


Barnes, C., & Sheldon, A. (2010). Disability, politics and poverty in a majority world context. Disability and Society, 25, 771-782.

Bouffard, M. (2014). Farewell Editorial. Adapted Physical Activity Quarterly, 31, 1-3.

Kiphard, E. J. (1990). Comments on adapted physical activity – terminology and concept. In G. Doll-Tepper, C. Dahms, B. Doll, & H von Selzam (Eds.), Adapted physical activity: An interdisciplinary approach (pp. 11-13). Berlin: Springer Verlag.

Hutzler, Y. S. (2011). Evidence-based practice and research: A challenge to the development of adapted physical activity. Adapted Physical Activity Quarterly, 28 (3), 189-209.

Pérez-Tejero, J. (2009). La investigación en actividades físicas y deportes adaptados: un camino aún por recorrer. RICYDE: International Journal of Sport Science, 5(16), 1-3.

Pérez, J.; Reina, R., & Sanz, D. (2012). La Actividad Física Adaptada para personas con discapacidad en España: perspectivas científicas y de aplicación actual. Cultura, Ciencia y Deporte, 21 (7), 213-224.

Pérez-Tejero, J. (2013). Centro de estudios sobre deporte inclusivo. Cuatro años de fomento del deporte inclusivo a nivel práctico, académico y científico. Madrid: Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Sanitas and Psysport.

Phillips, M.; Flemming, N., & Tsintzas, K. (2009). An exploratory study of physical activity and perceived barriers to exercise in ambulant people with neuromuscular disease compared with unaffected controls. Clinical Rehabilitation, 23, 746–55.

Reina, R.; Mendoza, N.; Sanz, D., & Pérez-Tejero, J. (2013). DAFA-WEB: An Internet site to promote adapted sports. Book of abstracts from 19th International Symposium of Adapted Physical Activity. Istambul, 18-23 july 2013.

Rimmer, J. H., & Marques, A. C. (2012). Physical activity for people with disabilities. The Lancet, 380, 194-195.

Rimmer, J.; Schiller, W., & Chen, M. D. (2012). Effects of disability-associated low energy expenditure deconditioning syndrome. Exercise and Sport Science Reviews, 40, 22–29.

Sherrill, C., & Hutzler, Y. (2008). Adapted physical activity sciences. In J. Borms (Ed.), Directory of sport science (5th ed., pp. 89-103). Berlin: ICSSPE/CIEPSS.

Strober, M. H. (2011). Interdisciplinary conversations: Challenging habits of thought. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press.

Szostak, R. (2014). Communicating complex concepts. In M. O'Rourke, S. Crowley, S.D. Eigenbrode, & J.D. Wulfhorst (Eds.), Enhancing communication & collaboration in interdisciplinary research (pp. 34–55). Los Angeles, CA: Sage.

Tweedy, S. M., & Vanlandewijck, Y. (2011). International Paralympic Committee position stand – background and scientific principles of classification in Paralympic sport. British Journal of Sports Medicine, 45, 259-269.

United Nations (2006). UN Convention on the rights of persons with disabilities and optional protocol 2006. New York, NY: United Nations.

World Health Orgnization (2001). International Classification of Functioning Disability and Health. In: Access on september 20th, 2013.

Palabras clave/key words

adapted physical activity; adapted sports; evidence-practice research; actividad física adaptada; deporte adaptado; investigación basada en evidencias prácticas.

Texto completo/Full Text:

PDF (English) PDF

------------------------ 0 -------------------------

RICYDE. Revista Internacional de Ciencias del Deporte
Publisher: Ramón Cantó Alcaraz
ISSN:1885-3137 - Periodicidad Trimestral / Quarterly
Creative Commons License