ISAPA 2013
19th International Symposium of Adapted Physical Activity
19-23 July 2013, Yeditepe University - Istanbul
"Bridging The Gaps"
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ISAPA 2013
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ISAPA 2013
ISAPA 2013




The Organization Committee of the 19th International Symposium of Adapted Physical Activity (ISAPA) is announcing the Call for Abstracts for the 2013 symposium, which will be held July 19-23 in İstanbul, Turkey. The theme for this conference is "Bridging the Gaps". We encourage abstract submissions in all areas of adapted physical activity/education research and practical application. All abstracts must be submitted online through the ISAPA 2013 website. The deadline for submission of the abstracts is February 15, 2013. No late submissions will be accepted. Submission of an abstract implies a commitment to make the presentation in the English language at the International Symposium.

Each presenting author may present a maximum of two abstracts at the symposium. The number of submissions, however, is not limited. Should an author have more than two abstracts accepted for presentation, a co-author must be registered and named as presenting author for one or more of the abstracts.

Procedures and Policies for Abstract Submission

  1. Abstract submissions for all presentations will be reviewed by the scientific committee. The scientific committee reserves the right to change the preferred format, and to decide on the date and time of your presentation to balance the program.
  2. Abstracts must be submitted online using the Abstract Submission System here. No hardcopy submissions will be considered.
  3. All accepted abstracts will be included in the Proceeding of the 19th ISAPA.
  4. The author hereby warrants that each abstract submitted by him or her has not been previously published in local or international journals or presented at other international meetings and/or conferences.

Authors are kindly requested to adhere to the following guidelines:


  1. Abstract written clearly in good English.
  2. The submitted abstract should be limited to a maximum of 300 words (title, authors and institutions are not included).
  3. Requested font is Times New Roman.
  4. Single spacing between all lines of the abstract text.
  5. Title: Should be brief (limited to 15 words), typed in UPPER CASE and in bold).
  6. Authors: First name and last name; last names in all caps; insert a blank line after list of authors.
  7. The affiliation details of all authors [department, institution/hospital, city/town, state (if relevant) and country] should be typed under the names, preceded by the corresponding indices. The affiliations should NOT be mentioned in the abstract text.
  8. Email address: Include email address of first author; insert a blank line after email address.

Types of Abstracts:

Two types of abstracts can be submitted – those based on scientific research (scientific abstracts: oral or poster presentation) and those demonstrating practical application of programs or techniques in adapted physical activity (workshops). Guidelines for preparing each type of abstract are presented below.

Preparing the SCIENTIFIC Abstract

Scientific abstracts will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

  • Must include the following headings: PURPOSE, METHODS, RESULTS, and CONCLUSIONS. (Headings are in all caps and bold).
  • Abstract is consistent with symposium subject areas or is relevant to adapted physical activity.
  • The purpose is clearly stated, based on original research.
  • Appropriate scientific methods are used to answer the research question.
  • Statistical procedures and results are clearly presented. Conclusions are based on valid interpretations and are clearly stated.

Oral Presentation

  • All ISAPA2013 oral presentations will be allotted 15 minutes, with an additional 5 minutes for questions and answers. Laser pointers will not be available, you must bring your own if you would like to use one.
  • Make sure the font type you are using is large enough to be seen, even from rear rows in the room where you will be presenting.
  • Use a minimum of words for text and title frames. Five to eight lines per frame and five to seven words per line are the maximum – less is better.
  • Each frame or slide should have a title.
  • Upper and lower case lettering is recommended for the presentation headings.
  • The title of any data slide should be the conclusion reached from the presented material.
  • Graphics that you project on the screen to support the test should help in clarifying the ideas presented.
  • Use bullets to emphasize key points, show relationships and provide the visual information your audience needs to understand your message.
  • Simple graphs, charts and diagrams are much more meaningful to an audience than complex, cluttered ones. Keep visuals CLEAR and SIMPLE.
  • Use the format that matches the material you are presenting. Use a table for exact values, a graph to show relationships, a figure for a picture, and a chart for a process or sequence. Label everything.
  • Check each slide in a similar room with similar equipment before your presentation. (ISAPA2013 rooms will be equipped with a computer and LCD projector).
  • Keep to the allotted time (15 minutes for the presentation, 5 minutes for questions and answers).

Poster Presentation

  • The poster board provided is approximately A0 paper size (84 cm wide × 119 cm high). Please limit the size of your entire poster or poster sections to A0 paper size.
  • Be sure to include the abstract title, author names, and the institution where the work was completed, in large upper and lower case letters centered at the top of the poster.
  • No computers or extra aids may be used during a poster presentation.
  • The presentation number assigned to the poster presentation should not be placed on your poster. The poster boards will be numbered for you.
  • We suggest that you place a reproduction of the abstract in the upper left side of the poster, and use the headings "Purpose", "Methods", "Results" and "Conclusions" to identify your poster layout. Include an acknowledgment section, citing anyone who helped you conduct this project.
  • Use a font type and size that can be read easily from a considerable distance (1.5 m. or more). Try using a type between 14–20 pt. The title should be larger than the text. Select a legible font such as Times Roman, Times New Roman or Arial.
  • Posters should stimulate discussion. Do not give a long Introduction. Keep text to a minimum, emphasize graphics, and make sure every item in your poster is necessary.
  • Arrange your poster sections in a logical order so that other scientists can follow your presentation. A good method is setting up your poster in a column format so that interested individuals can read your poster first vertically, then top to bottom, and then left to right.
  • Space your information proportionally: divide your poster either horizontally or vertically into three or four sections, and place your materials within those spaces.
  • Try not to stand directly in front of your poster – allow other scientists to view the entire poster. Stand to the side of it.
  • When choosing a background, remember that neutral or gray colors are easier to follow than a bright color. In addition, color photos look best when mounted on gray.

Preparing the PRACTICAL Abstract/WORKSHOP

Practical session abstracts must include a clear description of the program or technique being presented. Applications for use in the field of adapted physical activity/education and potential benefits should be discussed. Workshops should be 60 or 90 minutes in length. The final length of the workshop will be determined by the Scientific Committee.

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