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Adapted physical education studies as subjects the physically, mentally, and socially challenged people, including the physically disabled, the elderly, children, and those who have difficulties in adapting to society. Meaning can be found in that these people will develop physical strength needed to carry on with their lives, satisfy their need for self-expression and physical activities thus leading to social and emotional stability, and their physical motor functions will be rehabilitated or stimulated enabling them to be more independent. The Department does not only provide physical education for the disabled but provides adapted PE, modifying the rules and methodologies so as to expand the participant base and to include more people in the traditional PE programs. Its aim is to provide to the disabled population physical education which improves motor functions, increases likelihood of rehabilitation, provides opportunities for participation and strengthens solidarity with the non-disabled.

Academic Goals

Adapted physical education may be widely defined as a service delivery mechanism, improving mental and physical capabilities. The Department seeks to foster professionals who will restore emotional stability and physical motor functions with a service-oriented mind. Professor Jeong Hun-gyo’s exercise for preventing senile dementia being one very good example, there are various teaching methods as well as special PE training such as gym classes for the physically disabled. As such, practical training is provided so that the students may receive live coaching and accumulate practical teaching experience.

Extracurricular Academic Activities

The Department of Adapted Physical Education at Hanshin University encourages student participation in club activities. The students are participating as members of the non-disabled basketball team on wheelchair, which is full of energy and passion. They greatly contribute to the development of and making popular of basketball on wheelchair, sport for the disabled, and adapted physical education. They were also the final winners of the non-disabled track at the 9th Korea Post Basketball Games on Wheels 2010. Gym classes for the disabled, leadership course for developmental disorders, and therapist courses offer future adapted physical education leaders with opportunities to obtain necessary qualities and competence. Hanshin Adapted Physical Education Research Institute is taking the initiative in developing and disseminating new special PE programs with the alumni as active members. Others include sports clubs such as badminton, swimming, and tennis. 1) Gym classes for physically challenged children This program is operated by the Department of Adapted Physical Education at Hanshin University every semester. This is the previous stage of everyday PE for the disabled, and it provides the basics of PE for the physically challenged children, so that they may engage in everyday PE throughout their youth. There is linkage between the special gym classes of Hanshin University and the local community so that PE for the disabled in the provincial cities (Suwon, Osan, Hwaseong, etc) is facilitated and customized programs by age and by type of physical handicap are developed and spread at the local level. Events and programs which may be participated by the disabled and the non-disabled alike are held to promote the value of integrated physical education and to raise awareness of benefits of everyday PE for the disabled. Other goals of the gym classes include 1) providing richer set of experience for the students and community volunteers through program planning and implementation, 2) maximizing the benefits of gym classes for the disabled through the use of adapted physical education and mental exercise equipment, and 3) enhancing the disabled children’s physical, mental capacity (pride and self-esteem) as well as social adaptive skills by means of encouraging physical activity. From 2003, the class is divided into Tuesday and Wednesday teams every semester. 2) Hanshin Together Festival The Together Festival was started in 2004 jointly by the Department of Adapted Physical Education and Hanshin Adapted Physical Education Research Institute in order to serve the local community (Seoul, Incheon and the metropolitan area) and has been held every year. Integrated physical activity programs are part of the Festival where disabled children, youth, family and non-disabled members of the community get together to form social cohesion among themselves. It seeks to serve as a role model for other events organized for the disabled and to increase participation base. Family programs using mental exercise equipment are provided which encourages the disabled children, youth and their families to share common experience, and differentiated programs set apart from traditional physical activity and PE programs are delivered to the affected children and youth so as to add the element of integration to the overall festival. It is not a festival solely for the Department of Adapted Physical Education but is an event inviting all the students of Hanshin University to have a chance to communicate with the disabled children. The integrated camp event hosted by the Education Office of Hwaseong and Osan in Gyeonggi Province in May 2010 was commissioned to the Department, which received favorable response from the community by spreading the knowhow of the Together Festival accumulated thus far.

Career Opportunities

Students become specialized in their respective fields upon graduation and become adapted physical education teachers in secondary education, PE trainers for the elderly, PE trainers for the disabled, and PE trainers for sports for all. Their workplace includes special schools for the disabled, community centers, Korean Sports Association for the Disabled and related agencies, private institutions for the elderly and the disabled as well as regular fitness centers where they provide sports prescriptions and work as personal trainers.


Special Physical Education Principle of Physical Education
Teaching Method of Track and Field Teaching Method of Swimming
Outdoor Education History of Physical Education
Anatomy Teaching Method of Badminton
Ski Education for the Physical Disability
Therapy of Psychomotorik Physiology of Exercise
Physical Education for the Elderly Massage for the Elderly
Teaching Method of Tennis Teaching Method of Gymnastics
Teaching Method of Bowling Education for the People with Mental Retardation
Physical Education for the People with health Impairment Teaching Method of Sitting Baseball
Teaching Method of Combat Sport Finger Acupuncture for Hands and Feet
Sport Rehabilitation Sport Psychology
Experimentation of Adapted Sport Science Sport English
Education for the People with Visual Impairment Nutrition of Sport
Exercise of Prescription Biomechanics
Chiropractic Sport for Children
Therapeutic Recreation First Aid and Safety Management
Music Therapy Teaching Method of Gateball
Pilates Wheelchair Sport
Education for hearing disabled children Safety Administration of Children
Sociology of Sports Training Methodology
Health and Hygiene for the Elderly Sport Medicine
Aerobic Recreation
Taping Aqua Rehabilitation exercise
Rehabilitation Exercise Theory of Special Physical Education Teaching
Measurement and Evaluation for Adapted Physical Education Education for Children with Emotional and Behavioral Disturbance
(Field Experience) Teaching Internship Research Method in Adapted Physical Education
Nursing for the Elderly Statistics of Physical Education
Yoga for the Elderly School Health
Exercise Therapy Teaching Method of Golf
Dance Sport Skiing for the Disabled
Dance Movement Therapy