The Legacy of Early Adapted Physical Activity Research

in Adapted Physical Activity Quarterly
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  • 1 Kent State University
  • 2 University of Minnesota
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In this opinion paper, we pose the question whether the current generation of scholars have taken advantage of the rich legacy of early adapted physical activity (APA) research. We believe that this legacy often has been ignored, even though it holds many treasures waiting to be rediscovered. We begin with a brief description of the knowledge base in APA prior to 1980, then evaluate the present recognition of past research contributions. Finally, we recommend how students, professionals, and researchers might be encouraged to take advantage of the vast body of literature in APA and related fields.

Geoffrey D. Broadhead is with the School of Exercise, Leisure, and Sport, Kent State University, Kent, OH 44242-0001. Allen W. Burton is with the Division of Kinesiology, 1900 University Ave. SE, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN 55455-0155. Direct correspondence to Allen Burton.

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