European Congress of Adapted Physical Activity 2018 Print E-mail

Call for abstracts
The Institute of Sport and Exercise Science at the University of Worcester invites conference abstract submissions for the 14th European Congress of Adapted Physical Activity.
The conference is organised in three themes:

  • Day 1 - Adapted Physical Activity & Sport
  • Day 2 – Inclusive Physical Education
  • Day 3 – Health and rehabilitation.

Abstracts should address these themes. The conference organisers will strive to schedule oral, poster and practical workshop presentations to reflect the theme of the day.

Submissions guidelines
Abstracts should be submitted by email attachment, in English, to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  by Sunday 31st January 2018.

When submitting your abstract please include the following details in the body of the email:

  • Full paper title
  • Preferred title and name of author(s)
  • Institution or affiliation
  • Short biography (c. 50 words)


  • All abstract submissions should adhere to the University of Worcester Guidelines and Procedures for Good Research Practice. This includes the use of acceptable, inclusive language at all times.
  • Abstracts should be no more than 300 words.
  • There is no limit to the number of abstracts that can be submitted. However, only one abstract per submission format will be accepted (that is, either oral presentation or poster presentation or practical workshop).
  • To assist with unseen review of the abstract papers, there should be no information contained in the body of the abstract that identifies the author(s).
  • If an abstract is accepted, the organisers reserve the right to allocate the presentation within the conference schedule. Presenters must be prepared to deliver their workshop at the time and place that will be communicated.
  • All information received will be stored according to the requirements of the UK Data Protection Act including amendments that will come into effect in May 2018.

Presentations reflecting the following topics and themes are particularly encouraged.
Day 1 - Adapted Physical Activity & Sport

  • Adaptation models
  • Biomechanics
  • Empowerment programmes
  • Equipment adaptation
  • Inclusive sport development
  • Physiology
  • Societal impact
  • Sociological and anthropological investigation
  • Sports innovations (e.g. new sports)

Day 2 - Inclusive Physical Education

  • Inclusive PE
  • Youth sport
  • Extra-curricular inclusion programmes
  • School-community links
  • Continuing education/teacher training
  • Empowerment programmes
  • Inclusive outdoor adventure/education

Day 3 - Health & rehabilitation

  • Right to health
  • Sport & dementia
  • Community health programmes
  • New developments in rehabilitation
  • Complementary approaches
  • Equipment innovations
  • Higher education and rehabilitation
  • Adapted aquatics

Presentation options
Please provide abstracts based upon the following delivery methods:

Oral presentation
A 15 minute oral presentation using Powerpoint or similar plus 5 minute open question period Presenters must be able to deliver the presentation in coherent English and answer questions from the floor. Oral presentations will take place in the mornings of the conference.

Poster presentations will be displayed throughout the conference. However, specific times will be allocated to enable presenters to discuss their posters with delegates.

Practical Workshop
These should be indoor (space will be equivalent to 3 badminton courts) although specific outdoor adventure and adapted aquatics workshops are also welcomed (limited based on facility availability). Practical workshops will take place in the afternoons of the conference.

NOTE: there will also be special symposia running during the afternoons of the conference. Already planned:

  • Day 2 – Youth Sport & Disability (coordinated by the Youth Sport Trust and UW staff)
  • Day 3 – Sport and Dementia (coordinated by UW staff and the Association of Dementia Studies)


Press release for DbI & APA Print E-mail

DbI APA We are proud to announce, that our idea has become reality; the worldwide network of APA (adapted physical activity) within the organization of Deafblind International, It is named DbI & APA.

Since the EUCAPA conference in Turin 2008, we have worked hard to get APA acknowledged, as a method and approach, within the field of deafblindness and hearingloss.

Call for bids to host The European Congress of Adapted Physical Activity (EUCAPA) 2020 Print E-mail

Dear APA colleagues,

It is time to begin the process of selecting a host for EUCAPA 2020. The board of directors of the European Federation of Adapted Physical Activity (EUFAPA) will start the selection process for EUCAPA 2020 during November, 2017. At this time, we seek the draft proposals from prospective bidders

Objectives of EUCAPA
EUFAPA aims promotion and dissemination of research in adapted physical activity and sport science, and practical application of APA services to benefit individuals with disabilities across the lifespan. The various fields of professional practice in APA include education, adaptation, inclusion, coaching, leisure, recreation, and rehabilitation. The objectives of each EUCAPA, while locally determined, must reflect the mission of EUFAPA.

A European Congress of Adapted Physical Activity (EUCAPA) is an excellent vehicle to raise local awareness, to provide an outstanding setting for local professionals to interact with world leaders in adapted physical activity, and to allow the hosting region or country to make an international contribution to adapted physical activity.

The suggested format of the conference includes two parallel sessions (maximum), preferably 3 days' event in ONE BUILDING. The conference language must be English, considering the possibility to create parallel sessions in native language to attract APA professionals with limited
English language skills.

Please prepare your proposal in accordance with the Guidelines for hosting a European Congress of Adapted Physical Activity

Please, send the proposals electronically to EUFAPA secretary, Ursula Barrett ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) by November 13th, 2017.

SINCERELY Ursula Barrett (EUFAPA secretary)

PHC Summer Newsletter 2017 Print E-mail

PHC Summer Newsletter 2017 (.pdf)

First Announcement Print E-mail

Dear Colleagues, please find file information a physical activity and sports congress in Israel 29 June - 1 July 2017, which is about to include at least two sessions on adapted physical activity/sports. One session on health-related physical activity and one on adapted sport. This may be an excellent opportunity for utilization within bilateral agreements with Wingate.
Please make sure to share it with your colleagues and possibly on IFAPA and EUFAPA websites.

Prof. Yeshayahu "Shayke" Hutzler Ph.D

APA promotional information Print E-mail

APA: An International Road to Inclusion, Symposiu

The symposium addresses all colleagues and students, who professionally deal with the topics special education and/or inclusion in and through sports. It addresses especially to colleagues and students in special education and sports science as well as to teachers in regular, mainstream and special education schools.

The lectures will be projected both in English and German. The building is accessible for wheelchairs. If you need assistance of any kind, please let us know in your registration. Due to the generous support of the "Thomas Lurz and Dieter Schneider Sports Foundation"
participation is free of charge.
For registration please send an e-mail to:
This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Registration deadline: 21st of April 2017

From 1.30 p.m.: Registration
2.00 – 2.15 p.m.: Official Opening
2.15 – 3.00 p.m.: First Key Note
,,Adapted Physical Activity in Europe: Professional reality and role toward inclusion" (Ferreira)
3.00 – 3.45 p.m.: Second Key Note
„Crossing boundaries through inclusion: national and international perspectives in sports science and practice" (Radtke)
3.45 – 4.30 p.m.: Coffee Break
4.30 – 5.15 p.m.: „APA - Theory and Practice" „APA in European
(higher) educational settings: Examples from Belgium and Denmark" (McCulloch & Kerremans, Kopperholdt & Rundh)
5.15 – 6.30 p.m.: Round Table: „APA and inclusion: A personal perspective" (Tiemann) Discussion (Ferreira, Radtke, Tiemann, McCulloch, Kerremans, Kopperholdt, Rundh and Dinold) After 6.30 p.m.: Preview with Wine & Cheese „NOLIMITS! – A sports festival to promote inclusion in and through sports" (Hoos and Wendel)

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