APA teachers on the bench?

A barely passed law to democratize sports expanding Adapted Physical Activity (APA) is already cringing at APA educators who call themselves the “great forgotten ones.”

On February 24, 2022, the Sports Democratization Law (known as “March 2, 2022″) was finally passed by the National Assembly. The designation of sport by healthcare professionals extended to chronic diseases, gender parity in the governing bodies of sports federations, access of associations to sports equipment (…), the goal is clear: to build a sustainable French sports model, including recognition ” sports-health (article linked below).

bitter gaffes

A beautiful display two years before the Paris 2024 Games, of course, but one that hides a few bitter omissions nonetheless. The law now regulates the opening of adapted physical activity (APA), which implies “ more stakeholders, in particular sports federations, nurses (allowing them, among other things, to extend the statute of limitations) and civil services ”, indicate Cyril Thiolier and Stéphane Dijou, APA lecturers. But what about” specialists in rehabilitation and integration through physical activity who is at the forefront in this area? Their role is to supervise physical, sports and artistic activities with people with disabilities and the elderly, suffering from chronic diseases or with difficulties in social integration, in medical and social institutions, in sports associations, the sick or even in recreational sports. centers (article at the link below). Gold” it is about granting new prerogatives to other professionals (or volunteers) who are not specialists in the field of APA and without mentioning APA teachers in the sports law at any time “, they add. Fatigue and a sense of forgetfulness have taken their place today in a profession that was already suffering. Faced with this observation, a petition is posted on the Internet (link below).

Salary equals minimum wage

They pay a little more than the minimum wage, despite having a higher education (Science and Methods of Physical and Sports Activities STAPS – APA), they condemn ” lack or even lack of recognition from the Ministry of Sports “. They are afraid that professionals will intervene instead of them. little or no equipment to care for people with special needs, multiple pathologies, or moderate to severe disabilities “. They welcome the black and white inscription of their profession in the sports code, which identifies ” STAPS APA produces qualified practitioners to tailor physical activity to the pathology, physical ability, and medical risk of the patient. but what, paradoxically, is neither in the 2016 decree* nor in the supplementary law of March 2, 2022. Legal ambiguity persists even in the employment contracts of APA teachers, which do not specifically specify their status; only the inscription coach appears.

Stepping out of shadows and insecurities »

Angry, the profession now demands that its specialty be recognized by law and legislation and ” for this to be included and highlighted in regulations and laws regarding adapted physical activity “They also ask for a clarification of the March 2 law, higher wages, but also better integration.” to the APA Health Insurance Reimbursement Policy “currently being discussed or involved in the development of future legislative texts, for” get out of the shadows and insecurities “.

* Regulation of 2016 on the conditions for prescribing adapted physical activity prescribed by the attending physician to patients with a long-term disease

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