Conference Schedule

DAY 1 TOPIC:

Health and Rehabilitation through Physical Activity

Registration

Opening Ceremony

Opening Ceremony

Mr. Juanjo Ruiz. Rector of the Miguel Hernández University

Mr. Carlos González. Mayor of Elche

Ms. María Tormo. Chairman of the Asisa Foundation

Mr. Antonio Server. Chairman of the Cathedra in Universal Accessibility and Inclusive Environment "Francisco Carreño Castilla"

Mr. Eduardo Cervelló. Director of Department in Sport Sciences of the Miguel Hernández University

Ms. Aija Klavina. EUFAPA President

 

Keynote

Keynote

Promoting active lifestyles in people with disabilities: Some strategies for consideration

Prof. Dr. Brett Smith

Durham University. Department of Sport and Exercise Sciences

Brett Smith is a Professor of Disability and Physical Activity in the Department of Sport and Exercise Sciences at Durham University – a world top 100 universities based in the UK. His research on disability, physical activity and sport are underpinned by theories, methods, and approaches from psychology, sociology, public health, and critical disability studies. It is also often co-produced and community-based. Brett has published over 100 journal articles, over 70 book chapters, and 7 books. He is an author of the 2019 UK Chief Medical Officers’ Physical Activity Guidelines report, and chair of the Disability and Physical Activity Expert Working Group. Brett is also the President of the International Society of Qualitative Research in Sport and Exercise.

Parallel and Interactive Posters Session

Parallel and Interactive Posters Session

Up to 10 posters mini sessions (five posters each) will be established according to the topic of the day and the content of the contributions. Every poster must be exposed to the audience in 5-6 min following 3-4 min for questions. All the posters sessions will be evaluated by members of the scientific committee. A coffee-break will be available prior to the beginning of the poster’s mini sessions. 

Lunch Break

Symposium

Symposium

Challenges for promoting active lifestyles for people with disabilities and chronic diseases

Dr. Claudio Perret

Swiss Paraplegic Centre. Institute of Sports Medicine. Nottwil, Switzerland

Implementation of strength, endurance, and respiratory training programs in the rehabilitation process of patients with spinal cord injury.

Physical fitness for individuals with a spinal cord injury is one of the key factors for a high quality of life. However, a higher physical fitness level not only warrants more independence and participation in daily life for wheelchair users but also contributes to a reduction of e.g. cardiovascular risk factors. Therefore, one main goal of the rehabilitation process in our clinic is to support and motivate our patients in order to reach the highest fitness level possible. In this context, several individually standardized training interventions were implemented during the past few years. These programs include strength, endurance and respiratory muscle training interventions and were in the meantime all part of the daily therapeutic routine and accompanied by regular exercise tests. The present talk will focus on the implementation of our training programs into clinical practice as well as show chances and limitations of our setting.

Dr. Claudio Perret is the head of sport science and performance diagnostics at the Institute of Sports Medicine located at the Swiss Paraplegic Centre Nottwil, Switzerland. Additionally, he acts as senior lecturer in exercise physiology (main topic: physical activity and exercise in patients and athletes with a spinal cord injury) at the ETH Zurich, Switzerland. His main research interests are exercise and respiratory physiology related to patients and athletes with a spinal cord injury. In this field, he published over 50 peer-reviewed original articles in the past.

Prof. Dr. Alfonso Jimenez

Rey Juan Carlos University (Spain) and Sheffield Hallam University (UK)

Understanding key opportunities and drivers promoting active lifestyles for people with disabilities and chronic diseases: rethinking our role and resources

The current impact and prevalence of chronic conditions and disabilities across the world is critical, both regarding the rate of increase and its social and economic consequences. An active lifestyle, integrating physical activity, exercise and sport participation, has shown meaningful and sustainable outcomes, but the level of successful implementation at the population level is still limited. In this session we will discuss a number of opportunities and drivers that could boost individual engagement and commitment, focusing especially in the redefinition of our role and the use of the existing resources.

A truly international scholar, Professor Jimenez is Professor of Exercise Science & Health at the Advanced Wellbeing Research Centre (AWRC) of Sheffield Hallam University (0.25FTE) and Chief Research & Innovation Officer at Ingesport (0.75FTE), leading the GO fit LAB. GO fit LAB is a disruptive Innovation Research Hub, including a Research LAB at Madrid within GO fit Vallehermoso centre, the biggest leisure centre in Europe. At the same time, Alfonso is Director of SpainActive Foundation National Observatory on Healthy & Active Living at Rey Juan Carlos University in Madrid. He holds an additional academic appointment at the Centre for Sports Studies (Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, Madrid), and Visiting Professorial appointments at Victoria University (Melbourne, Australia), the University of Greenwich (London), the University of Girona (Spain) and the University of Rhode Island (US).

For more information:

https://www.linkedin.com/in/prjimenez/

https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Alfonso_Jimenez

Prof. Dr. Anna Bjerkefors

The Swedish School of Sport and Health Sciences, GIH

Information to be updated soon.

Coffee-Break

Parallel Oral Presentation Sessions

Parallel Oral Presentation Sessions

Up to 6 parallel oral presentations (five presentations each) will be established according to the topic of the day and the content of the contributions. Every presentation must be exposed to the audience in 10-12 min following 3-5 min for questions. All the sessions will be evaluated by members of the scientific committee.

Panel Session

Panel Session

Health Behaviours in School-aged Children (HBSC) Study and Disabilities; International Perspectives

Background

Data disaggregated by disabilities is a core feature of Article 31 of the UN convention on the rights of persons with disabilities. Moreover, comparable data on Physical activity is a much needed area, especially for young adolescents. As such, this session offers new insights into the way data sets were collected in three different countries, through four national representative studies. In Finland, Israel and Czech Republic, data were based on the WHO collaborative health behaviour in school aged children (HBSC) study. Moreover, in Finland, young adolescents in special education classes and schools completed adapted surveys in the TUTKA study.

Conclusions

In each study, there were complications in forming surveys, sampling and survey completion for each context. In Finland and Israel, the modified Washington Group items were used, whereas in the Czech Republic, different indicators were used to report disability prevalence and the associations with physical activity. Countries have varying systems in relation to education and inclusion and the Finnish Tutka study was adapted in a way to include the voice of the young adolescents in special educational classes and schools. The results presented are the beginnings for collecting a global picture towards school-age physical activity levels. Data harmonising considerations are needed to make comparisons more stringent.

Presenters

Kwok Ng - University of Eastern Finland, Finland, University of Limerick, Ireland

Shayke Hutzler - Wingate Institute, Israel

Ondre Jesina - Palacky University, Czech Republic

Piritta Asunta - LIKES Research Centre for Physical Activity and Health, Finland

Pauli Rintala - University of Jyvaskyla, Finland

Discussant - Sean Healy - University of Delaware, USA

Parallel Workshops

Parallel Workshops

Workshop 1. Measuring impaired stability with wearable devices: an application to multiple sclerosis

Prof. Dr. David Barbado and MSc. Amaya Prat-Luri (Miguel Hernández University, Sports Research Centre)

 

Workshop 2. Physical exercise to boost cognitive skills in elderly people

Prof. Dr. Diego Pastor-Campos and MSc. Laura Carbonell (Miguel Hernández University, Sports Research Centre)

This workshop talks about the acute impact of physical exercise on the cognitive response of elderly people. You will handle some cognitive apps (UMH-Memtrain Stroop app, and AprenVida App), and some variables that must be taken into consideration when cognitive responses and exercise are scientifically studied will be also discussed.

 

Workshop 3. Inclusive Fitness
Mr. Jorge Blanco (Baloncesto Sin Rasgos, Madrid)

DAY 2 TOPIC:

Inclusion in APA Fields

Parallel Workshops

Parallel Workshops

Workshop 4. Inclusive judo and bullying prevention.
Prof. Dr. Carlos Montero & Mr. Raúl Molina (Miguel Hernandez University and De Frutos Judo School, Alicante)

Workshop 5. The mountain chair (Joëlette) for inclusion in outdoor activities.
Prof. Dr.Laura Jiménez-Monteagudo (San Vicente Mártir University, Valencia)

Workshop 6. Inclusive Orienteering.
TBC

Keynote

Keynote

Sweat, step, sit, sleep: patterns and determinants of movement among people with autism

The purpose of this talk is two-fold. First, it will explore the patterns of movement among people with autism spectrum disorder from a 24-hour activity cycle (24-HAC) perspective, and the utility of this model will be proposed. Secondly, it will examine the determinants that shape patterns of movement among children and adults with autism, focusing on barriers and facilitators to physical activity among this population as reported by people with autism, parents, and physical educators.

Prof. Dr. Sean Healy

University of Delaware (USA)

Dr. Seán Healy is an Assistant Professor of Health Behavior Science and Director for the health, physical activity, and disability minor. Previously, after completed his PhD at the University of Virginia, Dr. Healy worked as an Assistant Professor at Humboldt State University (2015-2017). His research aims to deepen our understanding of obesity and obesity risk factors (e.g. physical activity and sedentary behaviour) among youth with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and refine the use of scalable and sustainable interventions to increase physical activity among this population. Currently, Dr. Healy utilizes big data to examine movement behaviours, and overweight and obesity among youth with ASD. Dr. Healy’s most recent work on behavioural interventions involved the examination of web-based, parent-mediated interventions to (1) increase physical activity among youth with ASD, and (2) to improve motor skills of youth with developmental disabilities.

Parallel and Interactive Posters Session

Parallel and Interactive Posters Session

Up to 10 posters mini sessions (five posters each) will be established according to the topic of the day and the content of the contributions. Every poster must be exposed to the audience in 5-6 min following 3-4 min for questions. All the posters sessions will be evaluated by members of the scientific committee. A coffee-break will be available prior to the beginning of the poster’s mini sessions.

Lunch Break

Symposium

Symposium

The IDEAL approach to enhance long-term involvement in physical activity and sport for people with intellectual disabilities

In this symposium, we focus on evidence-based strategies to enhance the involvement in physical activity and sport for people with intellectual disabilities (ID). People with ID is a group at risk for poor health and chronic diseases related to a sedentary lifestyle (e.g., obesity, cardiovascular diseases, diabetes). Adopting and maintaining a healthy lifestyle, including being sufficiently active, improves your physical and mental health. It is, however, still a reality, that young people with ID find it hard to access sport, and they have fewer opportunities for full and equal participation and limited opportunity to specialize/excel in the activity of their choice. In this symposium, evidence-based interventions will be highlighted from four different angles, i.e., the individual perspective, the coach perspective, the family perspective, and the organizational perspective.

Debbie Van Biesen

PhD

Debbie Van Biesen is post-doctoral researcher at KU Leuven, Department of Rehabilitation Sciences, research group adapted physical activity and psychomotor rehabilitation sciences, since April 2014. Her main expertise is on the cognitive capacity and motor performance of athletes with intellectual impairment. She is currently the coordinator of the EU Sport Collaborative Partnership entitled: IDEAL: Intellectual Disability, and Equal opportunities for Active and Long-term participation in Sport”. The consortium in this project includes eight European Research institutions and three International Sport Federations (INAS, International Paralympic Committee and Special Olympics Europe).

The results of the research performed within the IDEAL project will be presented, with a broad perspective, focusing on micro level and the macro level. The micro level includes the personal factors (e.g., self-regulation, motivation, cognition, and executive functioning) underlying sports participation in people with ID. The macro level includes the organizational aspects, and the results of the research project that investigated if the currently existing ID-sports programmes& ID-sports structures meet the needs of all people with ID in society.

Prof. Dr. Jan Burns

Professor Burns is a Professor of Clinical Psychology at Canterbury Christ Church University, UK. Professor Burns has worked as a clinical psychologist with people with intellectual disabilities in the NHS and has carried out research in this area throughout her career. Prof Burns has previously been the programme Director for the Salomons Institute Doctorate in Clinical Psychology and has contributed to the development of the profession in the UK. In the later part of her career, she has focused specifically on the impact of sport for people with ID. She is Head of Eligibility for the VIRTUS:World Intellectual Impairment Sport (formerly: INAS - International Federation for Para-athletes with Intellectual Impairments) and a Board member of the Special Olympics UK. Prof Burns worked with an international team of researchers and the International Paralympic Committee to re-include athletes with intellectual disabilities in the Paralympics since London 2012. In 2015, she was awarded a Member of the British Empire (MBE) medal for her work with people with intellectual disabilities.

During this presentation, Prof. Burns will highlight the important role of the coach or the instructor to enhance long-term involvement in physical activity for people with ID. Prof. Burns will present the “Good Practice Guide” that has evolved from the IDEAL project. The content of this guide is based on a comprehensive and in-depth review of the current resources available to this specific area of coaching. The new insights related to training and coaching people with ID will be placed within the context of theory to help coaches generalize these examples into different contexts.

The themes that will be addressed are inclusive sport practices, effective communication, self-regulation and emotions, and cognitive and psychological factors.

Prof. Dr. Luis Columna

Luis Columna is associate professor in the kinesiology department at the University of Wisconsin at Madison. His research focuses on ways to increase the participation of families (especially Hispanic) of children with disabilities into physical activity and his research focuses on ways to better prepare physical activity professionals and physical education teachers to work with diverse populations.

He will focus on the role of the family and the parents in addressing the physical activity needs of children with ID. Dr Columna developed the Fit Families Program. Fit Families is a physical activity program that brings together children with disabilities, their parents, college students and in-service professionals in the fields of adapted physical education, special educators, orientation & mobility (O&M), psychologist, physical education, and exercise science, among others.

Coffee-Break

Parallel Oral Presentation Sessions

Parallel Oral Presentation Sessions

Up to 6 parallel oral presentations (five presentations each) will be established according to the topic of the day and the content of the contributions. Every presentation must be exposed to the audience in 10-12 min following 3-5 min for questions. All the sessions will be evaluated by members of the scientific committee.

EUFAPA Assembly.

EUFAPA Assembly.

DAY 3 TOPIC:

Adapted Physical Activity and Sport

Parallel Workshops

Parallel Workshops

Workshop 7. Physical activity for employability in people with intellectual disabilities

Prof. Dr. Alba Roldán and Mr. Carlos Toledo (Miguel Hernández University, Sports Research Centre)

 

Workshop 8. Wheelchair slalom: a para-sport for para-athletes with high support needs

Mr. Raúl Gonzalez (Spanish Federation for People with Cerebral Palsy and Brain Impairments)

 

Workshop 9. Chair-based yoga for those with mobility difficulties: the unseen balance

Mrs. Mabel García Porro. Master’s degree in Healthy Aging and Quality of Life. Integral Yoga Teacher

Dr David Suárez Iglesias. Department of Physical Education and Sport. VALFIS Research Group, Institute of Biomedicine (IBIOMED). University of León, León, Spain

Theoretical and practical workshop of chair-based yoga adapted to people with moderate to severe physical disabilities, including physical postures (Asana), breathing exercises (Pranayama), practices of mindfulness and concentration (Dharana) and meditation exercises (Dhyana).

Keynote

What the UN Sustainable Development Agenda and Resulting Sports Sector Movement Towards Inclusion Means for APA

The UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and associated goals (SDGs) represent a major global unified momentum to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all. This shift from declaration to action is echoed within the global sports sector through the policy convergence of various human rights treaties, physical education and physical activity developments, and the SDGs culminating in the Kazan Action Plan which has inclusion at its core. The Kazan Action Plan is framework which fully integrates the SDGs, inclusion, and integrity in the fields of physical education, physical activity and sport, aiming to align relevant international and national policy and foster capacity-building efforts of governmental authorities and sport organisations. This unprecedented concerted effort towards inclusion at the policy level needs is strengthened when met, supported and even driven by engagement and advocacy of APA professionals and leaders in practice and in our communities and organisations.

 

Aisling Clardy

UNESCO Chair titled ‘Transforming the Lives of People with Disabilities, their Families, and Communities Through Physical Education, Sport, Recreation and Fitness’, IT Tralee, Ireland.

Aisling is a researcher at the UNESCO Chair with responsibility for the development and implementation of global citizenship training and education resources with the specific aim of bridging the global policy practice gap to facilitate inclusive practice in physical education, physical activity, and sport. In addition to fostering person-centered inclusive practice, these resources also advocate for the broader role of physical activity within the development of a multidimensional behavior-related approach to creating sustainably healthy and inclusive societies.

Parallel and Interactive Posters Session

Parallel and Interactive Posters Session

Up to 10 posters mini sessions (five posters each) will be established according to the topic of the day and the content of the contributions. Every poster must be exposed to the audience in 5-6 min following 3-4 min for questions. All the posters sessions will be evaluated by members of the scientific committee. A coffee-break will be available prior to the beginning of the poster’s mini sessions. 

Lunch Break

Parallel Oral Presentation Sessions

Parallel Oral Presentation Sessions

Up to 6 parallel oral presentations (five presentations each) will be established according to the topic of the day and the content of the contributions. Every presentation must be exposed to the audience in 10-12 min following 3-5 min for questions. All the sessions will be evaluated by members of the scientific committee.

Panel Session

Panel Session

“What does Inclusion in sport means in practice?”: Learnings from the SEDY 2 (Sport Empowers Disabled Youth 2) project.

Background

This symposium addresses the meaning of inclusion in sport in practice. Sport is associated with physical well-being and social well-being and it is crucial to understand that it is a right to have access and participate in sport. It’s a question about individual choice of a sporting activity across a continuum of segregated, integrated and inclusive approaches, that is, a Inclusion Spectrum. The inclusion debates in sport are not about how to substitute special structures with integrative ones, and those in turn with inclusive ones, but are characterized by giving each approach equal importance and validity.

SEDY 2 conducted focus groups with young people with disabilities, their parents/caretakers and professionals in four different European countries (Finland, Portugal, Lithuania and The Netherlands). In the focus groups, researchers asked people involved on their view on Inclusion in sport in practice: What does it mean for them and are we hearing the voices of young people with a disability?

This panel session will allow discuss the results and work on a consensus statement on Inclusion in sport.

Presenters

Afke Kerkstra (MSc) – Inholland University of Applied Sciences, Netherlands

Aija Saari (PhD) – Finnish Paralympic Committee, Finland

Vaida Pokvytyte – Lithuanian Paralympic Committee, Lithuania

Coffee-Break

Symposium

Symposium

Is Inclusion the end of the Adapted Physical Activity?

Prof. Dr. Yves Vanlandewyck

Katholieke Universiteit Leuven

Director of the International Master in Adapted Physical Activity (IMAPA)

Research Group for Adapted Physical Activity and Psychomotor Rehabilitation

Department of Rehabilitation Sciences

Speaker To Be Confirmed

Prof. Dr. Justin Haegele

Old Dominion University

Is Integrated Physical Education Inclusive?

Justin A. Haegele is an assistant professor in the Department of Human Movement Sciences at Old Dominion University. Contextualized within the interdisciplinary field of adapted physical activity, his primary interest centers on exploring how individuals with disabilities (in particular, those with visual impairments) experience physical activity participation, including participation in school-based physical education. Based on his research, Justin encourages the problematization of the application of ‘inclusion’ in integrated physical education settings. Justin serves as an associated editor for Adapted Physical Activity Quarterly and Quest.

In his discussion, Justin will highlight ‘inclusion’ as a personal, individualized, and subjective experience associated with feelings of belonging, acceptance, and value, and discuss recent research exploring the how these feelings may or may not be elicited during integrated physical education classes. He will also discuss how challenges associated with the ‘inclusiveness’ of integrated physical education should, rather than end adapted physical activity, support the utility of specialized programs that can elicit feelings associated with ‘inclusion’.

Closing and Award Ceremony

Closing and Award Ceremony

EUCAPA 2022 Announcement, Gold award, Accessit Awards (x3), Young Researcher Award and EUFAPA recognitions 

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