Who We Are
AAPAR's mission is to enhance quality of life by promoting creative and active lifestyles through meaningful physical activity, recreation, and fitness experiences across the lifespan, with particular focus on community based programs.
Physical Fitness and Active Living Experts
AAPAR members are professors, students, teachers, fitness professionals, recreation instructors, and community leaders who are committed to lifelong and inclusive physical activity. In particular our members have knowledge and experience in:
- Adapted Physical Activity
- Administration & Leadership Development
- Adventure & Outdoor Recreation/Education
- Aging & Adult Development
- Children, Youth & Families
- Facilities & Equipment
- Fitness & Wellness
- Lifelong Recreational Sports
- Measurement & Evaluation
- Safety & Risk Management
Each emphasis is represented by one of our Councils led by fitness, health, and wellness professionals from across the country.
Authorities in Adapted Physical Education
Physical activity, recreation, and fitness are for ALL ages and abilities—not just for natural athletes, not just for kids, and not just for the able-bodied. Physical activity and recreation are for every body. And we educate every body. Our workshops, conferences, and publications incorporate activities that can be modified for people with disabilities, seniors, and previously inactive (or "pre-athletic"!) people.
AAPAR members advocate and encourage programs, policies, standards, and research that promote physical activity and recreation opportunities for people with disabilities. Learn more about our adapted programs.
Recreation and Leisure Specialists
AAPAR members promote and teach recreation and leisure activities of all kinds—from golfing, biking, and swimming to canoeing, skiing, and outdoor adventure skills. These represent just a few of the many recreation sports people can engage in for a lifetime of fitness and fun. And all can be adapted to suit any ability level! Our workshops, conferences, and publications offer training, ideas, and certification for recreation instructors, teachers, and community leaders looking to incorporate recreation programs into their school curriculum or community programs.