American Physical Education Association

The American Physical Education Association (APEA), previously known as American Association for the Advancement of Physical Education, is an American association, founded in 1885 to support gymnastics education.[1] The name was changed in 1903, to the American Physical Education Association (APEA). And in 1917, it created one of its most influential groups, the Committee on Women's Athletics.[2][3] The APEA joined forces, becoming part of the NEA's Department of School Health and Physical Education in 1937,[4] and then forming the Division of Recreation in 1938.[5]

American Physical Education Association
Legal statusAssociation
  • United States
AffiliationsNational Education Association


  1. ^ Hult, p. 54
  2. ^ Elizabeth Anne Gregg (2007). A History of Women's Intercollegiate Athletics at Indiana University-Bloomington: 1965--2001. A Historical Case Study. ProQuest. p. 9. ISBN 978-0-549-25652-6. Retrieved 20 December 2012.
  3. ^ Hult, p. 56
  4. ^ Martha Ward Plowden (1996). Olympic Black Women. Pelican Publishing. p. 152. ISBN 978-1-56554-080-4. Retrieved 20 December 2012.
  5. ^ "Physical Education American Alliance for Health Recreation and Dance - Program, Organizational Structure, Membership and Financial Support, History and Development". Retrieved 20 Dec 2012.


  • Hult, Joan S.; Trekell, Marianna (1991). A Century of women's basketball : from frailty to final four. Reston, Va: National Association for Girls and Women in Sport. ISBN 9780883144909.