This handbook represents the first comprehensive and evidence-based review of theory, research, and practice in the field of adapted physical education (APE). Exploring philosophical and foundational aspects of APE, the book outlines the main conceptual frameworks informing research and teaching in this area, and presents important material that will help shape best practice and future research.

Written by world-leading researchers, the book introduces the key themes in APE, such as historical perspectives on disability, disability and the law, language, and measurement.  It examines the most significant theoretical frameworks for understanding APE, from embodiment and social cognitive theory to occupational socialization, and surveys current debates and practical issues in APE, such as teacher training, the use of technology, and physical inactivity and health.  Acknowledging the importance of the voices of children, parents and peers, the book also explores research methods and paradigms in APE, with each chapter including directions for further research.

Offering an unprecedented wealth of material, the Routledge Handbook of Adapted Physical Education is an essential reference for advanced students, researchers and scholars working in APE, and useful reading for anybody with an interest in disability, physical education, sports coaching, movement science or youth sport.

part I|140 pages

Foundational issues in adapted physical education

chapter 3|17 pages

Viewpoints toward disability

Conceptualizing disability in adapted physical education

part III|154 pages

Conceptual and theoretical frameworks

chapter 14|12 pages


Philosophical considerations of the body in adaptive physical education

chapter 16|14 pages

Re-thinking disability and adapted physical education

An intersectionality perspective

chapter 17|14 pages

Bioecological theory

chapter 20|13 pages

Self-efficacy theory

chapter 21|21 pages

Theory of planned behavior

part IV|104 pages

Research trends in adapted physical education

chapter 27|18 pages

According to the kids

Research from the perspective of children with disabilities

chapter 29|19 pages

Public health research

Physical inactivity