Adapted Physical Activity: Overcoming Diversity Through Physical Education and Sports

Karen J. Stylianides, Georgios A. Stylianides

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Physical activity (PA) is important for all individuals regardless of their age, gender, and/or abilities. Adapted physical activity includes PA that has been adapted or modified, so that it is as appropriate for the person with a disability as it is for able-bodied individuals. As the authors investigate the world of movement and the challenges that come along with it, they explore possible approaches on how to include PA among individuals with special needs. Approaches to overcome diversity in terms of inclusive environments within physical education and sports will be the main focus. Inclusive instructional modifications will be presented, along with basic principles for modification in games and sports in inclusive environments, highlighting equality participation for all. They presently see diversity and acceptance being embraced by using modifications, open minded approaches, and adaptive equipment that facilitate PA. Society has come a long way in exploring best practices for inclusive environments that are specially designed to promote the inclusive environment.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationRethinking Inclusion and Transformation in Special Education
PublisherIGI Global
Number of pages13
ISBN (Electronic)9781668446812
ISBN (Print)9781668446805
Publication statusPublished - Jun 24 2022

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Social Sciences


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