There will be six different types of presentation formats at the 2018 NAFAPA Symposium. Authors should carefully review the format details and requirements prior to preparing the abstract submission.

Abstract submission options include:

 

Building Session

The purpose of a Building Session is to facilitate and create opportunities for open dialogue among researchers on significant issues in Adapted Physical Activity. A strong rationale for the significance of the Building Session topic is required for selection. Also, a minimum of 50% of the Building Session must be dedicated to group discussion, break-out activities, or other forms of active participation that create an open dialogue among the audience and speakers.

The Building Session should include 2 to 4 speakers. A limited number of Building Session proposals will be accepted. Therefore, submissions aligning with the conference theme, Individuals, Communities, and Beyond: Promoting Full Participation and Well-being for All, will be given priority. You may submit a proposal for a Building Session for either 40 or 75 minutes. Please note that session length, format, and acceptance are not guaranteed. An example topic for a Building Session is “Use of the Social Model of Disability within physical activity and physical education.”

The authors should include the following information in the Building Session proposal:

  • Title
  • Name of all authors and affiliation
  • Name of all presenters
  • Length of presentation: (40 or 75 minutes)
  • Primary Issues to be presented and discussed: (100 words limit)
  • Session Significance: (300 words limit)
  • Methods for Promoting Active Participation of the Audience: (100 words limit) Outline specific strategies and examples that will be implemented to actively engage the audience for at least 50% of the session. For example, if there will be time provided for discussion, please provide examples of questions that will probe audience discussion.
  • Conference Theme: (100 words limit) How does this Building Session align with the conference theme? The conference theme is Individuals, Communities, and Beyond: Promoting Full Participation and Well-Being for All. The theme recognizes that adapted physical activity transcends many levels, from individuals to populations, and is situated within broader socio-cultural contexts and environments. The theme also embraces a social justice perspective highlighting that all individuals deserve equitable opportunities that facilitate full participation and well-being.

 

Submit your Building Session proposal

 

 

Mini-Lecture

The purpose of a mini-lecture is to refine audience research skills and/or to inform the audience of current issues or trends directly related to research in adapted physical activity. Mini-lectures can include 2 to 4 speakers with at least 1/4 of the allotted time open for a Q&A session. A limited number of Mini-lectures will be accepted. Therefore, it is important to clearly justify the need of the mini-lecture and demonstrate direct relations to improve the quality of research in adapted physical activity. The authors may submit a proposal for a Mini-lecture Session of 40 or 75 minutes. Please note that session length, format and acceptance are not guaranteed. An example topic of a Mini--lecture is “How to perform secondary data analysis to pursue research interests in adapted physical activity.”

The authors should prepare for the following information when preparing abstract:

  • Title
  • Name of authors and affiliation
  • Name of presenters
  • Length of presentation
  • Purpose of Presentation: (100 words limit)
  • Session Significance: (300 words limit) Why is this session important to disability research, research methodology, research training or to adapted physical activity practice?
  • Description of session
  • Reference: Provide one reference that helps to establish the importance of the issue(s) and that attendees should read before or after attending this session

 

Submit your Mini-Lecture proposal

 

 

Research Presentation

The scientific committee will be accepting completed research projects. The authors have a choice of sharing their work in one of three different formats: verbal presentation, thematic poster presentation and poster presentation. The scientific committee will make every effort to meet the author’s selection preference but it is important to realize that the presentation format and acceptance is not guaranteed.

 

Presentation Descriptions

Verbal Presentations

The format of a verbal presentation will be 12 minutes with 3 minutes for questions (15 minutes total).

Thematic Poster

This session is a hybrid verbal and poster presentation conducted within a small group. Each session will be comprised of multiple independent research posters based on a similar topic.  Each session will start with a time for the audience to review each poster independently. Then, all authors will have a 5-minute oral presentation, followed by time for a group discussion for continued interaction between the authors and audience.

Poster Presentations

Posters will be displayed in a common area during scheduled times. Authors will be expected to stand next to their poster for the duration of the session informing attendees about their research and answering questions when needed. Graduate students in this session are eligible for Greg Reid award.

Authors submitting research abstracts will be required to select their preferred presentation format (verbal, thematic poster, or poster). The scientific committee will make every effort to meet your selection preference but it is important to realize that presentation format and acceptance are not guaranteed.

Students who submit a research abstract can enter the Greg Reid Outstanding Student Poster Award competition. Applicants must check a preference for a poster presentation, as well as a desire to be considered for the award (see research abstract requirements below). To be eligible for the award, students are required to state what was found or discovered in the study and how these results or findings have implications for the field. Applicants who submit a research proposal, meaning they do not have data at the time of submission, will not be considered for the award. Instead, these students should submit an abstract for the ‘Student “work-in-preparation” proposal presentation’ (see requirements below).

 

Abstract Requirements

Abstract Requirements for Verbal presentation, Thematic Poster, and Poster Presentation

Abstracts are limited to 300 words. The abstract narrative in the online submission form is structured according to the following:

  • Title
  • Name of authors and affiliation
  • Name of presenters
  • Presentation format preference (Verbal Presentations, Thematic Poster Session, or Poster Presentation)
  • Please indicate if the authors would like the poster entered in the Greg Reid Outstanding Student Poster Award (the lead author must be a graduate student to be considered for this award).
  • Five Key words (excluded from word limits)
  • Abstract Narrative: (300 words limit)
    • introduction
    • methods
    • results/findings
    • implications/conclusion

Based on your results, try to offer implications of the study and/or the next or most important question(s) to be studied further. Place this within the conclusions section. Acknowledgement of research support is optional (see online abstract template for a research presentation).

 

Submit your abstract for a research presentation

 

 

Student “work-in-preparation” proposal presentation

It has been a tradition of NAFAPA to include and encourage graduate students to present research proposals at the symposium. Students are encouraged to submit “Work-in-Preparation” abstracts to propose research plans currently in preparation including their thesis, dissertation, or other research projects. This format is intended to assist graduate students in developing quality research proposals and creating a forum for constructive feedback. Projects that have already initiated data collection are discouraged. Proposals will be an 8-minute verbal presentation with 7 minutes for questions/feedback (15 minutes total). The abstract should provide background on the research topic, the significance and purpose of the study, and potential methodology for the proposed study.  This proposal should be a student sole author and/or a student-initiated project that needs feedback from content experts.

The authors should prepare for the following information when preparing abstract:

  • Title
  • Name of authors and affiliation
  • Abstract Narrative: (300 words limit)
    • Background on the research topic
    • Significance and purpose of the study
    • Specific research questions and/or hypothesis
    • Methodology
  • Delimitations, assumptions, and potential limitations: (not part of 300 words limit)

 

Submit your abstract for a Student "Work-In-Preparation" proposal presentation