APA teachers on the couch?

The law of the democratization of sports broadening Adapted Physical Activity (APA) has barely passed and is already making the APA teachers cringe, who call themselves the “great forgotten”.

On February 24, 2022, the law on the democratization of sport (known as “March 2, 2022″) will be definitively passed by the National Assembly. The prescribing of sports by health professionals extended to chronic diseases, gender equality 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 the recognition of ” sports health (article in link below).

Bitter tasting mistakes

A wonderful showcase two years before the 2024 Games in Paris, of course, but one that hides a few bitter-tasting omissions. The law now regulates the opening of Adapted Physical Activity (APA), meaning “ a wider range of stakeholders, in particular sports federations, nurses (by allowing them, among other things, the extension of the prescription) and public services », indicate Cyril Thiolier and Stéphane Dijoux, APA teachers. But what about ” professionals in rehabilitation and integration through physical activity who are on the front line in this area? Their role is to supervise sessions of physical, sporting and artistic activities with people with disabilities and the elderly, who suffer from chronic diseases or difficulties in social integration, within medico-social institutions, in sports associations or the sick or even in health sports centers (article in link below). Gold “ this is about granting new prerogatives to other professionals (or volunteers), who are not specialists in APA and, without the sports law mentioning APA teachers at any time ‘, they add. Tiredness and the feeling of having been largely forgotten today have conquered the ranks of a profession that was already suffering. Faced with this finding, a petition is being put online (link below).

Salary equal to minimum wage

Despite a university education barely paid more than the minimum wage (sciences and techniques of physical and sports activities STAPS – APA), they denounce a ” lack or even absence of recognition by the Ministry of Sports “. They are afraid to see professionals intervene in their place. little or not equipped to care for people with special needs with various pathologies or moderate to severe disabilities “. They welcome the black and white inscription of their profession in the sports code, which identifies ” STAPS APA graduates as qualified practitioners to tailor physical activities to the patient’s pathology, physical abilities, and medical risks but which, paradoxically, does not appear in the 2016 decree*, nor in the law of 2 March 2022 supplementing it. The legal vagueness is even maintained in the employment contracts of APA teachers that do not specifically state their status; only the inscription “ sports trainer appears.

Coming out of the shadows and insecurity

Angry, the profession now demands that its specialty be recognized by law and legislation and” that it is included and emphasized in the decrees and laws regarding adapted physical activity “. They also ask for a clarification of the law of March 2, an increase in wages but also to be better integrated ” to the reimbursement policy for APAs by the health insurance company ” currently under consideration or to participate in the drafting of future legal texts, for ” come out of the shadows and uncertainty

*Decree of 2016 on the conditions for providing adapted physical activity prescribed by the attending physician to patients with a long-term condition

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