THENAPA II "Ageing, Disability and Adapted Physical Activity"


EU-funded project "Ageing, Disability and Adapted Physical Activity"


"Ageing and Disability - a new crossing between physical activity, social inclusion and life-long well-being"

THEmatic Network Adapted Physical Activity



Europe has to face an enormous rise in the number of elderly people. Many of them have functional limitations due to age or disability. This is why our society should anticipate this problem by convincing all elderly persons, their family members and caregivers about the need to be more physically active.



The aim of this study is to compare and map the data gathered by the Thematic Network, THENAPA II: "Ageing and disability - a new crossing between physical activity, social inclusion and life-long well-being", in order to

  • give a European demographic overview of elderly people with a disability,
  • detect flaws in the care for older people with a disability and
  • gather information to build the basic framework for the European Master in Adapted Physical Activity for the Elderly.

In order to achieve the aims of the THENAPA II project recommendations that are directed at the European Commission and the Member States have been developed. An overview of the data will both show positive situations as well as flaws that are critical to the current situation.


This study is based on the analysis of the data gathered through national surveys (run by the partners of THENAPA II and carried out in 29 European countries).


As a result of THENAPA II the following documents can be downloaded here:

Project management:

Prof. Dr. Herman Van Coppenolle
Faculty of Kinesiology and Rehabilitation Sciences,  K.U. Leuven
Tervuursevest 101
3001 Leuven, Belgium

National project co-ordination:

Ass. Prof. Mag. Dr. Rosa Diketmüller and Vertr. Ass. Mag. Dr. Maria Dinold
Department of Sport Pedagogy
Centre of Sport Science and University Sports
University of Vienna
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Associated partners: 

  • Centre of Sports Sciences and University Sports, University of Vienna, Austria
  •  Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, KU Leuven, Belgium
  •  National Sport Academy of Sofia, Bulgaria
  •  University of Nicosia, Centre for Leisure Tourism and Sport research and development,    Cyprus
  •  Palacky University Olomouc, Faculty of Physical Culture, Czech Republic
  •  Academy of Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy, Holstebro, Denmark
  •  University of Tartu, Institute of Exercise Biology and Physiotherapy, Estonia
  •  Jyvaskylan Yliopisto, Department of Physical Education, Finland
  •  Universite de Picardie Jules Verne, Faculty of Sport Science, Amiens, France
  •  Freie Universität Berlin, Germany
  •  Democritius University of Thrace, Department of Physical Education and Sport    Science, Komotini, Greece
  •  Semmelweis University, Faculty of Physical Education and Sport, Budapest, Hungary
  •  University of Limeric, Ireland
  •  Iceland University of Education, Reykjavik, Iceland
  •  University of Trento, Centre of bioengineering and exercise science, Italy
  •  Lithuanian Academy of Physical Education, Kaunas, Lithuania
  •  National School of Physical Education and Sports, Luxembourg
  •  Latvian Academy of Sport, Riga, Latvia
  •  University of Malta, European Unit, Msida, Malta
  •  Oslo University College, Faculty of Health Sciences, Norway
  •  Academy of Physical Education in Warsaw, Poland
  •  Technical University of Lisbon, Portugal
  •  Fundatia Universitara Pentru Kinetoterapie in Oradea, Romania
  •  Univerzita Komenskeho v Bratislava, Faculty of Physical Education and Sport, Slovakia
  •  Univerza v Ljubljani, Faculty of Sport, Slovenia
  •  University of Lleida, Faculty of Physical Education, Spain
  •  Halmstad University, Department of Social and Behavioural Sciences, Sweden
  •  Windesheim High School, Faculty of Education, Zwolle, The Netherlands
  •  Loughborough University, United Kingdom