Intellectual disability, special olympics and parasport

Burns, J. (2018) Intellectual disability, special olympics and parasport. In: Brittain, I. and Beacom, A., eds. The Palgrave Handbook of Paralympic Studies. 1 ed. UK: Palgrave Macmillan. pp. 417-437 ISBN 9781137479006

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Abstract

This chapter traces the history of the involvement of athletes with intellectual disabilities within parasport. There are two main organisations supporting these athletes, the Special Olympics and the International Association for para-athletes with Intellectual Disabilities (INAS). The origins and different purposes of these organisations are described. The reasons for the exclusion, and then
re-inclusion, of athletes with intellectual disabilities in the Paralympics are detailed, including a review of the research which has taken place to support news approaches to eligibility and classification for this group.

This work has opened a rich area for future research regarding the relationship of cognitive skills to sports performance and the chapter details this potential and future developments post the Rio Games.

Item Type: Book Section
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology > BF075 Psychology. Practice
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology > BF0636 Applied psychology
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology > BF0076.5 Psychology research
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GV Recreation Leisure > GV0445 Physical education for people with disabilities
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GV Recreation Leisure > GV0706 Sports psychology
Divisions: Faculty of Social and Applied Sciences > School of Psychology, Politics and Sociology
Depositing User: Prof Jan Burns
Date Deposited: 09 Feb 2018 16:55
Last Modified: 09 Feb 2018 16:55
URI: https://create.canterbury.ac.uk/id/eprint/16946

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