Promoting adapted physical activity within kinesiology undergraduate programs: a RE-AIM perspective

Scott McNamara, Rebecca Bassett-Gunter, Robert Townsend, Wesley Wilson

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Disabled persons face an array of barriers to quality physical activity programming. Nonetheless, kinesiology undergraduate programs have historically neglected to focus on disability. Hence, it is unsurprising that ableist norms permeate throughout many kinesiology professions. The purpose of this paper is to introduce the RE-AIM approach as conceptual framework for the implementation of introductory adapted physical activity college courses within kinesiology undergraduate programs. Such an approach could shift the attitudes and knowledge of kinesiology undergraduates such that they are better prepared to support disabled persons in quality physical activity. Each dimension of the RE-AIM approach is examined and discussed in relation to the potential impact and sustainability of integrating adapted physical activity courses into a core curriculum for kinesiology undergraduate programs. We argue this development and expansion of adapted physical activity courses can serve as an important component to begin to address pervasive health disparities and ableist norms that permeate physical activity spaces.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalSport, Education and Society
StateAccepted/In press - 2024


  • ableism
  • disability
  • Infusion
  • physical activity
  • physical education

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation
  • Education


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