Ronald Davis, Ph.D.


School of Health Promotion and Kinesiology

Ronald Davis, Ph.D.

PH 208E



Dr. Davis is a professor of Adapted Physical Education/Activity at the undergraduate, masters, and doctoral levels. He has been involved in disability and Paralympic sport as a coach, official, training camp administrator, Atlanta Paralympic Classification Director, and textbook author. He has authored two textbooks entitled Inclusion Through Sports and Teaching Disability Sport: A Guide for General Physical Educators. After 20 years at Ball State University Dr. Davis took a position at TWU in 2007. Since his arrival he has authored/co-authored over 20 papers, two textbooks, and presented professional lectures at Universities around the United States, Belgium, Korea, Canada and China. His scholarly focus has been on addressing sport performance for athletes with disabilities, instruction in Adapted Physical Education, provided training clinics for other university personnel working with students with disabilities. He has been a director and coordinator of Professional Preparation Training grants from the U.S. Department of Education, and currently directs a project for injured military called Project INVEST (Injured Veterans Entering Sports Training).


Ph.D., Physical Education, Texas Woman's University, Denton, TX, 1985
M.S., Special Physical Education, University of Wisconsin at LaCrosse, LaCrosse, WI, 1980
B.S., Physical Education, University of Wisconsin at Oshkosh, Oshkosh, WI, 1972

Research Interests

Whole Body Vibration; Bone Density; Spinal Cord Injury; Sitting Volleyball; Physical Activity and Psychological Affect; Sport Motivation; Quality Of Life; Injured Military; Wheelchair Basketball Players

Latest Articles

Changes in motor skill proficiency after equine-assisted activities and brain-building tasks in youth with neurodevelopmental disorders
Frontiers in Veterinary Science (2020)
B.R. Rigby, Ronald Davis, M. Bittner, R. Harwell, E. Leek

The Long-term Effect of a Paralympic Sports Class on Korean High School Students' Attitudes towards Peers with Disabilities and Perceptions of Their Human Rights
International Journal of Disability, Development and Education (2020)
Ronald Davis, Kyujin Lee, Mai Narasaki-Jara, Junghoon Park, Byron Lai

Adapted Physical Education Pre-professional Preparation: Shifting the Paradigm,
Journal of Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (2019)
Cindy Piletic, Ronald Davis

Adaptive Sports USA 2018 Junior Nationals
Palaestra (2019)
Ronald Davis

Exploring physical self-concept perceptions in athletes with intellectual disabilities: the participation of Unified Sports experiences
Journal of Developmental and Physical Disabilities (2018)
Cheng-Chen Pan, Ronald Davis

The Effect of Whole-body Vibration in Lower-Body Resistance Detraining in College-Age Women
Research Quarterly for Exercise & Sport (2018)
Keston Lindsay, David Nichols, Ronald Davis, David Marshall

Should Exercise Be Prescribed Differently Between Women and Men? An Emphasis on Women Diagnosed With Parkinson's Disease
Frontiers in Physiology (2018)
Rhett Rigby, Ronald Davis

2018 Warrior Games
Palaestra (2018)
Ronald Davis

Acute Cardio metabolic Responses to Three Modes of Treadmill Exercise in Older Adults with Parkinson's Disease
Adapted Physical Activity Quarterly (2018)
Brandon R. Rigby, Ronald W. Davis, Marco A. Avalos, Nicholas A. Levine, Kevin A. Becker

The Effects of the Warrior Transition Unit's Physical Activity Program on Affect of Wounded Military Personnel
Palaestra (2018)
Gwan Yon Hwang, Ronald Davis, Simon Driver

Psychometric properties of the WHOQOL-BREF amongst military wounded, injured and ill members of the United States military
Mental Health Review Journal (2017)
Keston Lindsay, Michelle Ferrer, Ronald Davis, David Nichols

Utilizing the Virtual Communication Sport-delivery Model to Promote Extracurricular Athletics for Students with Disabilities
Journal of Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (2016)
Sean Busse, Ronald Davis

Effects of Three Levels of Test Fidelity on the Performance of the 20-m Pacer Test for Children with Intellectual Disabilities: A Pilot Investigation
Palaestra (2016)
Jaehwa Kim, Ronald Davis, Ron French, Lloyd Kinnison, Lisa Silliman-French

Gender-based correlation profiles among the release factors and distance thrown in Paralympic seated shot put
Adapted Physical Activity Quarterly (2015)
Sangwoo Lee, Ronald Davis, Lawrence Judge, Young Hoo Kwon, Kihoon Han

Promoting Inclusion for all through the Unified Sport of Bocce
Palaestra (2015)
Chen-Chen Pan, Ronald Davis

Informing Parents of the Rights to Participation in Interscholastic Athletics for Children with Disabilities
Texas Association of Health Physical Education, Recreation and Dance Journal (2015)
Carlos Cervantes, Ronald Davis, Garth Tymeson

Effects of Two Intensities of Whole Body Vibration on Fall Related Risk Factors in Postmenopausal Women
Journal of Women's Health (2014)
Ronald Davis, James Rowe, David Nichols, Charlotte Sanborn, Nancy DiMarco


Teaching Disability Sport: A guide for physical educators
Human Kinetics (2011)
Ronald Davis

Inclusion Through Sports: A Guide to Enhancing Sport Experiences
Human Kinetics (2002)
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Adapted Sport
in Adapted Physical Education and Sport by Winnick and Porretta | Human Kinetics (2017)
Ronald Davis

Game and Sport Modifications
in A Teachers' Guide to Adapted Physical Education | Brookes Publishing (2016)
Martin Block, Ronald Davis

Instructional Modifications
in A Teacher's Guide to Adapted Physical Education 4th | Brookes Publishing (2016)
Martin Block, Aija Klavina, Ronald Davis

What Every Parent Should Know about Equal Rights for Students with Disabilities Participating in Interscholastic Athletics and Sports
in Sports, Fitness, and Motor Activities for Children with Disabilities: A Comprehensive Resource Guide for Parents and Educators | Rowman and Littlefield Publishers (2015)
Garth Tymeson, Ronald Davis

Inclusive sports
in Inclusive Recreation: programs and services for diverse populations | Human Kinetics (2010)
Ronald Davis

The Paraeducator's Roles and Responsibilities in Physical Education
in Paraeducators in Physical Education: A Training Guide to Roles and Responsibilities | American Association for Physical Activity and Recreation (AAPAR) (2007)
Ronald Davis, A Oliver, C Piletic

Modifications for Special Populations
in Physical Education Activity Handbook | Pearson: Benjamin Cummings (2006)
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Sports Medicine for Athletes with Disabilities
in Disability Sport and medical professionals | Unknown (2005)
Ronald Davis, M Ferrara

Sport Recreation and Competition: Socialization, Instruction, and Transition
in Adapted Physical Activity, Recreation, and Sport | Unknown (2004)
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Modifications for Special Populations
in Physical Education Handbook | Prentice Hall (2001)
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Current Projects

Funding from the Veterans Administration is focused on training Veterans how to become event managers entitled "Run-Bike-Roll". This program is designed to engage Veterans how to deliver a sporting event as leaders. Another top project has been the development of an on campus Adapted Sport Club. This club is designed to demonstrate the common ground between traditional sport and adapted sport (volleyball-sitting volleyball; basketball-wheelchair basketball, etc). For the past five years Dr. Davis has coordinated an all military wheelchair basketball tournament. The tournament provides the students' experience in event management and has contributed to Dr. Davis's research interest regarding effects of game outcome on psychological physical affect. His passion lies in teaching students that "sport is sport" and just because an individual performs using an assistive device, does not mean they are not athletic or incapable of engaging in the activity.

Externally Funded Projects

VA Adaptive Sports Grant (ASG) 2018
GOV-Veterans Affairs | $5,000.00 | 2019
Role: Principal Investigator

Heritage Health Solutions of Lewisville to establish the HHS Military Graduate Student Award.
$25,000.00 | 2015
Role: Principal Investigator

Heritage Health Solutions of Lewisville to support Southwest Military Wheelchair Basketball Summer Tournament.
$10,000.00 | 2015
Role: Principal Investigator