Welcome to the Pediatric Sports and Fitness Special Interest Group (PSFSIG).
This special interest group of APTA was formed in 1999 as a collaboration between the Pediatric Section and the Sports Section of APTA. The Pediatric Sports and Fitness Special Interest Group aims to be a nationally recognized forum and resource for education, training and research regarding optimal care delivery to pediatric and adolescent athletes. In reaching this goal the SIG will focus on three things:
- 1. Prevention, examination, and intervention of impairments in the child who participates in sports.
- 2. Training and fitness guidelines for the child who participates in sports.
- 3. Training, fitness and sports guidelines for the child with a disability.
Avenues to reach this goal will include course offerings, presentations, publications and interactive formats.
Most SIG activities and meeting occur at APTA's Combined Sections Meeting (CSM) that is held annually. The business and planning meeting for the PSFSIG is held in conjunction with CSM and is co-hosted by the Pediatric Section and Sports Section. We try to have an educational presentation on topics related to the SIG at least every other year at CSM. Any suggestion for programming, speakers, or topics for the SIG can be sent to me directly at email@example.com.
Pediatric Sports-Fitness SIG News
Calling all advocates! We encourage Academy members to pay attention to what is happening in Washington, DC and address any concerns you may have with your members of Congress. Critical votes will occur on Tuesday, January 31st, so TAKE ACTION NOW!
You can use the links below to locate your Representatives or Senators.
- US House of Rep: http://ziplook.house.gov/htbin/findrep?ZIP=15237
- US Senate: http://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm
Don’t forget the APTA advocacy resources available to you at the following links
- Physical therapists (PTs) and physical therapist assistants (PTAs)
- work with individuals with chronic childhood conditions in a variety of settings, including early intervention and school settings under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), hospitals, rehabilitation facilities, outpatient settings, and community-based settings.
- have strong interest in cabinet positions and policies that will impact children with disabilities and their families.
- want to ensure children with disabilities and their families have access to the necessary services to promote their development, learning, and participation in life activities
- Emphasize that any candidate considered for the position of Secretary of Education should
- have a strong understanding of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), essential federal legislation that protects the rights of all children to receive a free and appropriate education
- have a strong understanding of the history of this law and the need for a federal mandate (not relinquishing control to states)
- be a strong advocate for IDEA and for services that support the education of all children, including children with special needs
- acknowledge that many children were routinely segregated and denied the basic right to education prior to passage of IDEA
- must fully embrace and support IDEA
- Invite your Senators and Representatives to your facility, so they can better appreciate our roles in healthcare & education.
APPT communicates with Senate Committee reviewing Nominee for Secretary of Education.
Pediatric Sports-Fitness SIG Resources
Visit the Sports Academy SIG web page
- WE NEED YOUR INPUT !
- To develop a comprehensive list of resources on pediatric sports and fitness.
- To highlight a program or clinic that focuses on pediatric sports and fitness in the disabled and/or non-disabled population.
- To let us know what type of information you would like to see in this newsletter.
- Please submit articles, or a contact name to Lorrie Brawner Lgbrawn@aol.com
- Special Reports
- Review on Sever's Disease Severs Eblast.pdf
- Finding Pediatric Sports & Fitness Information on the Web:
- Adaptive Mobility Equipment
- Spokes N-Motion
- United Cerebral Palsy Athletic Association
- The Steadward Centre for Personal And Physical Achievement
- Disabled Sports USA
- Special Olympics
- Canadian Deaf Sports Association
- United States Golf Association Resource Center
- USA Deaf Sports Association
- National Center on Accessibility
- Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities
- Palaestra Magazine
- American Association for Active Lifestyles and Fitness
- American Alliance for Health Physical Education Recreation and Dance
- National Disabilty Sports Alliance
- Cerebral Palsy International Sports & Recreation Association
- American Academy of Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine
- The YMCA of USA
Adaptive Equipment Websites
- Dealer for Wheelchair Vans
- TLC Medical Transportation Services, Inc.
- Solutions for Independent Living
- Dynamic Directory
- Adaptive Equipment for Sailing
- Adaptive Mobility Equipment
- Spokes N-Motion
- Warm Springs Sports