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December 17, 1960

Adapted Physical Education

JAMA. 1960;174(16):2090. doi:10.1001/jama.1960.03030160076028

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This volume is a welcome addition to the limited number of texts specifically devoted to adapted physical education. It is of special interest to the physician because of its concern with modification of the physical-education program to meet the needs of the handicapped. Medical evaluation of the disability involved is essential to proper prescription of an appropriate physical-education program for handicapped children or youth. In this frame of reference, the word "handicapped" may apply to the mentally retarded and emotionally disturbed as well as to the physically disabled.

This book discusses the concerns of physical educators who may be involved in corrective-therapy programs in hospitals or clinics. Its chief application, however, relates to school and college programs of physical education. The thesis is that in a properly diversified program of physical education, all pupils, with rare exceptions, will find activities in which they can participate with safety and satisfaction. Such

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