Adapted Physical Activity Professionals in Rehabilitation: An Explorative Study in the Norwegian Context

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Adapted physical activity (APA) is characterized by a strong orientation to professional practice. Currently, there exists limited empirical research about the professional status of APA in the context of rehabilitation. Therefore, the purpose of this study was to describe and understand the professional status, role, and work tasks of APA specialists in Norway. For the purpose of the study, the authors conducted group interviews with APA specialists and individual interviews with unit leaders at six rehabilitation institutions in the national specialist health care services. The results highlight the content of the work tasks, the roles in the cross-professional teams, the status in the institutions, and what the participants perceive to be the knowledge base for their profession. Although these results may be specific to the Norwegian context, the authors also discuss possible implications of their findings for APA in an international perspective.

Standal is with the OsloMet—Oslo Metropolitan University, Oslo, Norway, and Inland Norway University College of Applied Sciences, Elverum, Norway. Nyquist is with the Beitostølen Healthsports Center, Beitostølen, Norway. Mong is with the Norwegian School of Sport Sciences, Oslo, Norway.

Standal (oyvind.standal@hioa.no) is corresponding author.
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