ADAPTED PHYSICAL ACTIVITY AS A PROFESSION IN EUROPE

Martin Kudlacek, Ursula Barrett

Abstract


Adapted physical activity (APA) is a profession that is not well known and acknowledged in many European countries in the year 2011. On the other hand there are a growing number of studies showing the importance of professionals, who would be able to provide services and support in areas of sport, recreation and physical education of persons with special needs. The term ‘adapted physical activity’ relates to such a service and has been used and promoted by the European Federation of Adapted Physical Activity from the early 1980s. The purpose of this article is to provide an overview of APA services and needs in Europe and to introduce the European Standards in Adapted Physical Activities project. The outcomes of this project serve as a foundation of this special issue of the European Journal of Adapted Physical Activity.

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