Topics of Recent Research

Option in Adapted Physical Activity

Active and recent research studies, of which many are supported by external grants obtained by our graduate students.


Studies Related to Adapted Physical Education

  • Applying Transtheoretical model to changing adapted physical education teacher behavior to include students with disability in physical education
  • Effects of instructional approaches on enjoyment and physical activity levles of children with disabilities
  •  Evidence based practice in adapted physical education
  • The role of the paraeducator in the general physical education environment


Studies Related to Aging

  •  Aging and physical behavior changes in persons with disabilities


Studies Related to Developmental Disabilities

  • After-school sedentary behavior in elementary school-age children with mental retardation
  • Accuracy of pedometers for individuals with and without Down Syndrome 
  • Construct validation of self-report with assistance to measure physical activity behavior in adults with intellectual disabilities
  • Gait transitions of persons with and without intellectual disability
  • Sources and magnitude of variability in physical activity among children with developmental disabilities


Studies Related to Intervention

  • Prevalence of physical inactivity and recommended physical activity in community-based adults with mental retardation
  • Walking for health in persons with intellectual disability


Studies Related to Measurement and Research Methods

  • Psychometric properties of systematic observation techniques for assessing physical activity levels in children with mental retardation


Studies Related to Physical Disabilities

  • Barriers to physical activity in persons with multiple sclerosis
  • Psychosocial predictors of physical activity and health-related quality of life among adults with physical disabilities