Being Disabled, Becoming a Champion

1st Edition

Nicolas Bancel, Julie Cornaton, Anne Marcellini

Routledge
Published February 26, 2019
Reference - 140 Pages
ISBN 9780367186531 - CAT# K416790
Series: Sport in the Global Society – Contemporary Perspectives

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Summary

Being Disabled, Becoming a Champion is an accessible presentation of current European research on the most recent evolutions in sports for people with disabilities, demonstrating knowledge developed from the field of sports practices of people with disabilities.

It covers three interrelated themes. First, it covers the different facets of the history of sports organizations set up during the 1950s for athletes with motor or intellectual impairments. The second part focuses on the athletes themselves. Voices are given to the top-level athletes in adapted sports: people with intellectual impairment; the pioneers of wheelchair racing who invented a new discipline, off-road wheelchair racing; and a former Paralympic athlete who has become a researcher and a defender of specific sports practices. Finally, the third part interrogates the way support for disabled people can modify the existing definitions and conceptions of the body, of disability, of what is human, and of sports performance.

This is an ideal text for students and researchers studying and working in the areas of Disability Studies, Sport Sciences and Paralympic Studies.

This book was originally published as a special issue of Sport in Society.

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