Special Issue "Physical Activity, Physical Education and Disability"

A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601). This special issue belongs to the section "Global Health".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 1 April 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Rubén Trigueros-Ramos
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Guest Editor
Department of Psychology, University of Almería, 04120 La Cañada, Almería, Spain
Interests: motivation; emotions; resilience; physical education; disability
Dr. José M. Aguilar-Parra
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Guest Editor
Department of Psychology, University of Almería, 04120 La Cañada, Almería, Spain
Interests: resilience; quality life; physical activity; disability; inclusion

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The adoption of inappropriate lifestyles has led to an increase in the incidence of degenerative diseases due to risk factors. Since the mid to late 1960s, the number of deaths related to coronary diseases, heart attacks, and associated cardiovascular problems have increased worldwide. The World Health Organization has determined that more than two million people die annually from coronary heart disease, cancer, diabetes, dyslipidemia, osteoporosis, depression, and anxiety. These diseases account for 60% of deaths worldwide—figures that are projected to rise to 75% beyond 2020.

In this sense, physical inactivity increases the causes of mortality; doubles the risks of cardiovascular disease, type II diabetes, and obesity; and increases the risks of colon and breast cancer, high blood pressure, lipid disorders, osteoporosis, depression, and anxiety.

The population with disabilities is not exempt from this problem, since health levels are observed to be below “normal”. This is due to the lack of programs that encourage the practice of sports by people with disabilities, who are in inferior conditions to the general population. For example, in people with mental retardation, autism, cerebral palsy, and visual impairment, we find levels of physical health below the standards of physical condition of their non-disabled peers.

This Special Issue aims to show the variety and relevance of recent developments and research in the field of physical education and physical activity in persons with disabilities. Possible topics include, among others, the following: social environment in relation to disability; integrative educational methodologies in physical education; training methods; quality of life; education and training; physical, mental, and emotional well-being.


Dr. Rubén Trigueros-Ramos
Dr. José Manuel Aguilar-Parra
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • adapted physical activity
  • adapted sport
  • adapted physical education
  • people with disabilities
  • integration
  • inclusion

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An Inclusive View of the Disability of Secondary School Students
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17(23), 8922; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17238922 - 30 Nov 2020
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Achieving the educational inclusion of students with special educational needs (SEN) is one of the significant challenges of the current Spanish educational system. This is a group of students with a high rate of bullying that leads to academic failure, as well as [...] Read more.
Achieving the educational inclusion of students with special educational needs (SEN) is one of the significant challenges of the current Spanish educational system. This is a group of students with a high rate of bullying that leads to academic failure, as well as significant psychological and social consequences. Despite the fact that the behaviours and psychological characteristics of their peers seem to influence the degree of inclusion, there is no detail on this subject. Therefore, the aim of this paper is to determine the relationship between emotional intelligence, psychological flexibility, prosocial behaviour and inclusive behaviour. To carry out this study, a sample of 642 students between the ages of 12 and 19 years old participated and answered four questionnaires, one for each variable under study. The relationships established were extracted from different statistical analyses and a hypothesised predictive model. The results obtained revealed that emotional intelligence is positively related to psychological flexibility and prosocial behaviour and that these, in turn, are positively related to the development of inclusive behaviour. Therefore, the importance of considering the variables under study during the teaching–learning processes carried out in the classroom is highlighted. Full article
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