A Documentary Analysis of Abstracts Presented in European Congresses on Adapted Physical Activity

in Adapted Physical Activity Quarterly

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Jana SklenarikovaPalacky University Olomouc

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Martin KudlacekPalacky University Olomouc

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Ladislav BalounPalacky University Olomouc

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Janice Causgrove DunnUniversity of Alberta

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The purpose of the study was to identify trends in research abstracts published in the books of abstracts of the European Congress of Adapted Physical Activityfrom 2004 to 2012. A documentary analysis of the contents of 459 abstracts was completed. Data were coded based on subcategories used in a previous study by Zhang, deLisle, and Chen (2006) and by Porretta and Sherrill (2005): number of authors, data source, sample size, type of disability, data analyses, type of study, and focus of study. Descriptive statistics calculated for each subcategory revealed an overall picture of the state and trends of scientific inquiry in adapted physicalactivity research in Europe.

Sklenarikova, Kudlacek, and Baloun are with the Dept. of Adapted Physical Activity, Palacky University Olomouc, Czech Republic. Causgrove Dunn is with the Faculty of Physical Education & Recreation, University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB, Canada.

Address author correspondence to Jana Sklenarikova at jana.sklenarikova@upol.cz
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