Physically Challenged Athletes


The Physically Challenged Athlete Special Interest Group (SIG), formally known as the Disabled Athlete SIG, was formed by the members of the Sports Physical Therapy section with an interest in working with athletes with physical challenges.  A goal of the SIG is to further the knowledge of Sports Physical Therapy members with an interest in the physically challenged athlete, as well as in adaptive sports.  The Physically Challenged Athlete brings together individuals with a common interest in working with physically challenged athlete.  Through the business meeting at CSM, the web page, Facebook postings, blast e-mails with important events, and bi-annual newsletters, the SIG strives to facilitate the development of ideas for treatment of and athletic activities for individuals no matter what the disability.  The SIG works to provide the membership informed as to what is going on in and activities available in the world of adaptive sports programming happening in the US.

Benefits of Membership

Database of Adaptive Programs in the US

  • The Physically Challenged Athlete SIG has a database of adaptive programs in the U.S. on the Sports Physical Therapy Section website.  These programs can be viewed in 2 ways: by the programs name or by using the interactive map of the U.S.
  • The database will also promote and highlight physically challenged athlete programs that will take place throughout the U.S.

Bi-annual newsletter

  • The Physically Challenged Athlete SIG newsletter will be posted on the SPTS web page and notification will be sent to SIG members to inform them of recent and upcoming events and other information relevant to the Physically Challenged Athlete SIG.

Interpersonal and Industry Connections.

  • A goal of The Physically Challenged Athlete SIG is to fostering professional connections to promote working with physically challenged athletes and/or adaptive sports programs.

Please Shana Harrington for further information about the Physically Challenged Athlete SIG or placing an item on the forum.

Check out our Facebook page at Physically Challenged Athlete SIG – APTA

Shana Harrington, PT, PhD, SCS, MTC, SIG Chair


Katie Hickey Lucas, PT, DPT, CSCS, Vice Chair


2014 Business Meeting Agenda

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