New Chapter from Barfield Teaches the Courage of Impairment

Posted by Leah Prater
J.P. Barfield has worked on a collaborative textbook and written his own chapter on how to exercise while impaired physically. The textbook, Clinical Exercise Physiology, will be released globally and teach thousands of students.

J.P. Barfield, professor of Exercise Science, has returned to teach at E&H after leaving in 2006. He has recently released a chapter in an upcoming textbook for physical therapy called Clinical Exercise Physiology. His chapter refers to how impairments of the body affect exercise and how exercise can help relieve the symptoms of the impairments. “Through my research and my experiences, I really learned about the courage of people with impairments and what quality of life is,” Barfield said of his work. “Working on this really opened my eyes to how they cope, how resilient they are, and how they overcome their challenges. It really is remarkable and I’m not sure I could do it if I were in their shoes.”

His work is part of a collaboration effort with experts across the world. His chapter will be part of a textbook that he projects will reach a lot of students globally. He soon will be working with the International Paralympics Committee to include a form of power chair soccer. “For a game to be entered into the Paralympics, it has to be researched for fairness and what regulations need to be there to make it fun for everyone.”

Barfield has enjoyed his time at Emory & Henry and the work he gets to do with fellow faculty members and the students in his program. “I really love the distinguished faculty here; everybody is credentialed so well that you know they know what they’re talking about. Plus they really care for their students and want to see them achieve,” said Barfield. “The students I get to work with are so genuine and service oriented. My students care about people and the region, which is good because this region is in desperate need of the kind of care we teach them to provide.”

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Through my research and my experiences, I really learned about the courage of people with impairments and what quality of life is.

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