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Ron  Davis, Ph.D. - Texas Woman's University. Denton, TX, US

Ron Davis, Ph.D. Ron  Davis, Ph.D.

Professor, Department of Kinesiology | Texas Woman's University


Ron Davis has over 30 years' experience in Adapted Physical Activity and Disability Sports for Veterans.



Ron  Davis, Ph.D. Publication



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Ron Davis is a Professor of Adapted Physical Education/Activity at Texas Woman's University in Denton. Davis is renowned in the field of adapted physical activity with an extensive background in disability sport, from grass roots to elite competition. In addition to his appointment at AAASP, he has served as President Elect, National Consortium for Individuals with Disabilities in PE (NCPERID) 2007-10; JOPERD review board 1998-present; and US Department of Education Grant Reviewer 1994-present.

Davis has written two textbooks on teaching disability and adapted sport in 2002 and 2011 entitled Inclusion Through Sports: A Guide to Enhancing Sport Experiences, and Teaching Disability Sport: A Guide for Physical Educators, respectively published by Human Kinetics, and has penned numerous articles for professional journals. Recently, Davis served as Feature Editor in JOPERD on the topic of the Office of Civil Rights, Dear Colleague Guide for interscholastic sports for students with disabilities. His honors include the Adapted Physical Activity Council Professional Award 2011, Alumni Excellence Award 2002 - University of Wisconsin - LaCrosse; APE Program of the Year Award, Presented by AAHPERD, 2001; and the Hollis Fait Scholarly Contribution Award, Presented by the NCPERID 1997. Davis was also the Director of Athlete Classification, 1996 Atlanta Paralympics.

Industry Expertise (2)

Education/Learning Research

Areas of Expertise (6)

Kinesiology Adapted Physical Education Physical Activity Sport and Exercise Science Bone Density Changes for Individuals With Spinal Cord Injury Disability Sport

Accomplishments (1)

Director of Athlete Classification (professional)

1996 Atlanta Paralympics

Education (3)

Texas Woman’s University: Ph.D., Kinesiology with specialization in Adapted Physical Education

University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse: Masters Degree, Adapted Physical Education

University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh: B.S., Physical Education

Media Appearances (1)

Wounded veterans compete in wheelchair basketball tournament

Denton Record Chronicle  online


Dr. Ron Davis, a TWU professor who teaches adaptive physical activity, met Robinson about two years ago. The conference was just getting started, and Davis, whose own two sons are Special Operations servicemen, began working with Robinson to facilitate a tournament at TWU.

“We want to do this every year,” he said. “I want the community to see this.”

Davis is also the director of TWU’s Project INVEST (Injured Veterans Entering Sport Training), and said that being a part of a sports team is an excellent way to rehabilitate after a traumatic injury, or simply to ease back into civilian life after combat tours. And Robinson agrees...

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Articles (5)

Implementing Disability Sports in the General Physical Education Curriculum Journal of Physical Education, Recreation & Dance


Joel is a 10th-grade student at South High School who plans to attend college to study math and hopes to one day teach his favorite subject to students like himself. Joel is also one of the leading players on his community wheelchair basketball team and has been playing since the sixth grade because of skills he learned in general physical education (GPE)...

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Paraeducators in physical education Journal of Physical Education, Recreation & Dance


ABSTRACT: Due to school closings in the district, there is a new class of special education transfer students at Henry M. Flag Elementary School. There are 13 students, taught by Ms. Jackson, and all are labeled as having a severe disability. Full programming and services must be provided to ...

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Further evidence to change the medical classification system of the National Wheelchair Basketball Association Adapted Physical Activity Quarterly


ABSTRACT: A number of researchers have long questioned systems used for classifying athletes with disabilities. Wheelchair basketball players have gained much attention from researchers. Despite this, no change to the NWBA classification system has been made since it was ...

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The 1996 Atlanta Paralympics Journal of Physical Education, Recreation & Dance


ABSTRACT: Since 1988, the term Paralympics has included athletes with a variety of disabilities. "Para now signifies that the Paralympics are attached to, or held together with the Olympic Games" (Sherrill, 1993, p. 53.) The 1980s marked the inclusion of athletes with ...

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Training Profiles of Elite Wheelchair Track Athletes The Journal of Strength & Conditioning


ABSTRACT: This study investigated the training profiles of elite wheelchair track athletes (n= 17) attending a preparation camp for the 1988 Paralympics in Korea. The components for training measured were aerobic and anaerobic conditioning, flexibility, muscular strength ...

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