The Paralympic Games explained / Ian Brittain

Brittain, Ian

Edited by Routledge. Milton Park, Abingdon, Oxon, New York - 2010

An introduction to the Paralympic phenomenon which explores various key aspects and issues, from the history and development of the Paralympic movement to the economic and social impact of the contemporary Games. It is suitable for those interested in disability sport, sporting mega-events, the politics of sport, or disability in society.

The history and development of the Paralympic Games -- The Olympic movement and the Paralympic Games -- The governance of paralympic sport -- Disability and the body -- The broader social issues of disability within society and their impact on sports participation -- Media, marketing and disability sport -- Major issues within the paralympic movement -- The under representation of women and athletes with high support needs at the Paralympic Games -- International perspectives on paralympic participation -- Special olympics, intellectual disability and the Paralympic Games.

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