Call for Papers | European Congress of Adapted Physical Activity 2018 | University of Worcester Arena, July 3–5, 2018. Call ends January 31, 2018


Call for abstracts

The Institute of Sport and Exercise Science at the University of Worcester invites conference abstract submissions for the 14th European Congress of Adapted Physical Activity.

The conference is organised in three themes:

  • Day 1 – Adapted Physical Activity & Sport
  • Day 2 – Inclusive Physical Education
  • Day 3 – Health and rehabilitation.

Abstracts should address these themes. The conference organisers will strive to schedule oral, poster and practical workshop presentations to reflect the theme of the day.

Submissions guidelines

Abstracts should be submitted by email attachment, in English, to by Sunday 31st January 2018.

When submitting your abstract please include the following details in the body of the email:

  • Full paper title
  • Preferred title and name of author(s)
  • Institution or affiliation
  • Short biography (c. 50 words)


  • All abstract submissions should adhere to the University of Worcester Guidelines and Procedures for Good Research Practice. This includes the use of acceptable, inclusive language at all times.
  • Abstracts should be no more than 300 words.
  • There is no limit to the number of abstracts that can be submitted. However, only one abstract per submission format will be accepted (that is, either oral presentation or poster presentation or practical workshop).
  • To assist with unseen review of the abstract papers, there should be no information contained in the body of the abstract that identifies the author(s).
  • If an abstract is accepted, the organisers reserve the right to allocate the presentation within the conference schedule. Presenters must be prepared to deliver their workshop at the time and place that will be communicated.
  • All information received will be stored according to the requirements of the UK Data Protection Act including amendments that will come into effect in May 2018.


Presentations reflecting the following topics and themes are particularly encouraged.

Day 1 – Adapted Physical Activity & Sport

    • Adaptation models
    • Biomechanics
    • Empowerment programmes
    • Equipment adaptation
    • Inclusive sport development
    • Physiology
    • Societal impact
    • Sociological and anthropological investigation
    • Sports innovations (e.g. new sports)

Day 2 – Inclusive Physical Education

    • Inclusive PE
    • Youth sport
    • Extra-curricular inclusion programmes
    • School-community links
    • Continuing education/teacher training
    • Empowerment programmes
    • Inclusive outdoor adventure/education

Day 3 –   Health & rehabilitation

    • Right to health
    • Sport & dementia
    • Community health programmes
    • New developments in rehabilitation
    • Complementary approaches
    • Equipment innovations
    • Higher education and rehabilitation
    • Adapted aquatics

Presentation options

Please provide abstracts based upon the following delivery methods:

Oral presentation
A 15 minute oral presentation using Powerpoint or similar plus 5 minute open question period Presenters must be able to deliver the presentation in coherent English and answer questions from the floor. Oral presentations will take place in the mornings of the conference.

Poster presentations will be displayed throughout the conference. However, specific times will be allocated to enable presenters to discuss their posters with delegates.

Practical Workshop
These should be indoor (space will be equivalent to 3 badminton courts) although specific outdoor adventure and adapted aquatics workshops are also welcomed (limited based on facility availability). Practical workshops will take place in the afternoons of the conference.

NOTE: there will also be special symposia running during the afternoons of the conference. Already planned:

  • Day 2 – Youth Sport & Disability (coordinated by the Youth Sport Trust and UW staff)
  • Day 3 – Sport and Dementia (coordinated by UW staff and the Association of Dementia Studies)

For more information, visit the conference homepage.

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