Welcome back to the What's New in Adapted Physical Education (APE) podcast/blog page! In today's very special episode we had an interview with Drs. Pauli Rintala (University of Jyväskylä) and Kwok Ng (University of Eastern Finland and University of Limerick) about the International Symposium of Adapted Physical Activity (ISAPA) and the field of adapted physical activity (APA) at an international level. Dr. Rintala is a professor in the sport science department and currently the senior editor of the European Journal of APA. In addition to these roles, Dr. Rintala also serves as the hair of the organizing committee for ISAPA 2021. Dr. Ng is a professor in Health Promotion and Adapted Physical Activity. He is the European Representative of IFAPA and Vice President of the European Federation of Adapted Physical Activity. Follow Dr. Kwok Ng @kwokwng. Also follow @ISAPA2021 and @ifapanet for updates about IFAPA and the upcoming ISAPA conference.
IFAPA is an organization of adapted physical activity professionals and students from all around the world. Currently, IFAPA is working on expanding their webpage to help promote their goals of disseminating information about conferences, programs, research studies, and other news related to APA. The long term goal of IFAPA is to create an international network of researchers for collaboration to advance the field of APA, which is discussed in the podcast.
Also discussed in this podcast is the ISAPA, which acts under IFAPA, which will be held online, and will be from June 15th through 18th. This year’s theme is Quality Partnerships in Adapted Physical Activity: Stronger Together. The goal for ISAPA is to bring international researchers together to share their research in hopes of learning about what is going on in other countries. This podcast covers IFAPA and ISAPA, the international perspectives gained from attending ISAPA, how this years ISAPA will be unique, and changes in ISAPA overtime. For more information on IFAPA, you can visit their website at: http://ifapa.net. If you are interested in the 2021 ISAPA, check out their website at: https://www.jyu.fi/en/congress/isapa2021