Working With Students With Bipolar Disorders In General Physical Education


  • Matthew D. Lucas Longwood University


Bipolar, mental health, physical education, children


Many physical educators will work with a child with bipolar disorder daily. This manuscript addresses the definition, common characteristics, including distinct periods, prevalence of students with BD, and legal educational implications of the disorder. In addition, the manuscript will include possible characteristics of children with BD in general physical education, a discussion of possible solutions to these challenges, and the use of the Constraint Model in making modifications for the children with BD.

Author Biography

Matthew D. Lucas, Longwood University

Matthew D. Lucas, EdD, is a professor of Physical and Health Education at Longwood University. Dr. Lucas’ interests include adapted physical education and adaptive sports. Dr. Lucas has been in education for 27 years and been involved in adaptive sports education programs for 19 years, including the running of programs for 14 years in Farmville, Virginia.


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