Disability Sport-2nd Edition


Karen P. DePauw, Susan J. Gavron
2nd Edition
ISBN: 0736046380
ISBN13: 9780736046381
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Disability Sport, Second Edition, provides a comprehensive and practical look at the past, present, and future of disability sport. Topics covered are inclusive of youth through adult participation with in-depth coverage of the essential issues involving athletes with disabilities. This new edition has updated references and new chapter-opening outlines that assist with individual study and class discussions. The book contains an up-to-date and comprehensive synthesis of information on
  • disability sport in its historical context;
  • organizations, competitions, and sport opportunities for athletes with disabilities;
  • international perspectives; and
  • coaching and training of athletes with disabilities, including sports medicine issues, activity modifications, equipment uses, and event management for both adults and children.
In addition, the book addresses current challenges and controversies in disability sport (e.g., inclusion and integration, classification, ethics issues, doping, and equity issues) and looks into the future of disability sport. It includes minibiographies of standouts in disability sport from around the world. Students and professionals can use Disability Sport, Second Edition, as a springboard to further research; as an up-to-date reference; and as a tool in working with, or preparing to work with, athletes with disabilities.

About the Author

Karen P. DePauw, PhD, is vice provost for graduate studies and dean of the graduate school at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia. She has been involved with disability sport since 1981 and was on the original USOC Committee on Sports for the Disabled, on which she served for 12 years. She also served on the USOC Task Force on Disability and was a member of the Organizing Committee for the 1996 Paralympic Congress in Atlanta, Georgia. Dr. DePauw has served as president of the International Federation on Adapted Physical Activity (IFAPA). She is a member of the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAHPERD); American College of Sports Medicine; National Association for Physical Education in Higher Education (NAPEHE); National Consortium on Physical Education and Recreation for Handicapped (NCPERH); and North American Federation for Adapted Physical Activity. She also serves on the editorial board of Adapted Physical Activity Quarterly. Dr. DePauw enjoys playing golf, cycling, and traveling in her spare time. Susan J. Gavron, PED, is associate professor emeritus at Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio. She has had a lifelong involvement with people and disabilities in a variety of program formats, including teaching, camping, and sport. Dr. Gavron has been involved in research of elite athletes with disabilities at the national and international levels. She participated in the research advisory group for the USOC Committee on Sports for the Disabled. She also has extensive programming experience in physical education and leisure for individuals with disabilities. She has received numerous awards for her work and service to the state of Ohio. Recently retired, Dr. Gavron is a firefighter and first responder and enjoys photography, fishing, and reading in her leisure time.

Table of Contents

Part I. Overview of Sport and Individuals with Disabilities

Chapter 1.
Sport in Society
Athletes With Disabilities
Defining Terminology
In the Context of Sport
Concluding Comments

Chapter 2. Historical Context of Disability and Sport
Historical Treatment of Persons With Disabilities
Historical Perspectives of Physical Activity and Sport
Concluding Comments

Chapter 3. History of Disability Sport
International Disability Sport
United States Disability Sport
Historical Perspectives on Research
Trends and Milestones in Disability Sport
Concluding Comments

Chapter 4. Structure and Organizations for Disability Sport
International Structure for Disability Sport
International Disability Sport Organizations
United States Structure of Disability Sport
United States Disability Sport Organizations
Concluding Comments

Chapter 5. Competitions and Sport Opportunities for Athletes With Disabilities
Paralympic Games
Special Olympics International
Additional International Games for Athletes With Disabilities
National Disability Sport Opportunities
Intercollegiate and Interscholastic Athletic Programs
Concluding Comments

Chapter 6.Sport and Disability: A World View
International Perspectives: Late 20th Century
European Charter for Sport for All
European Perspectives
Canadian Perspectives
Perspectives From Oceania
Perspectives From Asia
Perspectives From the African Continent
Perspectives From the Middle East
Concluding Comments

Part I. Sport and Sport Performance

Chapter 7.
Sports for Athletes With Disabilities
Major Competitions for Disability Sport: The Paralympic Games, Special Olympics, and the Deaflympics
Creating Equal Playing Fields Within Disability Sport
The Sporting Events
Concluding Comments

Chapter 8. Coaching and Training Athletes With Disabilities
Research and Coaching
The Research Foundation for Disability Sport
Summary of Selected Research Findings
General Principles of Coaching Athletes With Disabilities
Selected Disabilities and Specific Strategies
Concluding Comments

Chapter 9. Sports Medicine and Athletic Training for Athletes With Disabilities
Sports Medicine
Sports Medicine and Disability Sport
Injuries, Incidence, Care, Prevention
Treatment Considerations
Exercise Considerations
Concluding Comments

Chapter 10. Sport Equipment
Equipment Enhances Function
Personal Equipment
Activity-Specific Equipment
Environmental Technologies
Making Sport Technology “Fit”
Resources for Finding the Right Equipment
Making Equipment Adaptations
Concluding Comments

Chapter 11. Event Management
Managing the Sport Event
Initial Planning
Structure and Organization
Committees and Functions
Event Management Focal Points for Individuals With Disabilities
Media and Athletes With Disabilities
Planning for International Sport Events
Concluding Comments

Part III. The Changing Landscape of Disability Sport

Chapter 12.
Challenges and Controversies in Disability Sport
Inclusion and Integration
Ethics Issues
Doping in Disability Sport
Media Representation
Youth Sport Development
Marketing Disability Sport
Concluding Comments

Chapter 13. Female Athletes With Disabilities in Sport
Historical Perspectives
Female Athletes in the Olympic Games
Female Athletes in Marathons
Equity Issues
Concluding Comments

Chapter 14. The Future of Disability Sport
Images of Disability Sport
Sport, Society, and Disability
Concluding Comments

Appendix A. Chronology and Significant Milestones of Disability Sport
Appendix B. List of Abbreviations
Appendix C. Outdoor Recreation Activities for Individuals With Disabilities
Appendix D. Selected International Disability Sport Organizations
Appendix E. Selected U.S. and Canadian Disability Sport Organizations
Appendix F. Paralympic Committees by Region
Appendix G. Periodical and Journal Resources
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Textbook for upper-level undergraduate and graduate courses in adapted physical education, sport management, and recreation and coaching education programs. Reference for PETE/APE/therapeutic recreation instructors and practitioners and for athletes with disabilities.