Proportionality in Wheelchair Basketball Classification

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Yves C. Vanlandewijck Katholieke Universiteit Leuven

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Christina Evaggelinou Aristotle University of Thessalonica

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Daniel D. Daly Katholieke Universiteit Leuven

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Siska Van Houtte Katholieke Universiteit Leuven

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Joeri Verellen Katholieke Universiteit Leuven

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Vanessa Aspeslagh Katholieke Universiteit Leuven

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Robby Hendrickx Katholieke Universiteit Leuven

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Tine Piessens Katholieke Universiteit Leuven

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Bjorn Zwakhoven Katholieke Universiteit Leuven

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The player classification system in wheelchair basketball (composed of four classes) is based on an analysis of players’ functional resources through game observation and field-testing. This study examines if the classes are in the correct proportion relative to each other. During the Wheelchair Basketball World Championships in Sydney 1998, 12 teams were videotaped for three 40-min games. Eighty-eight male players were retained for a detailed performance analysis by means of the Comprehensive Basketball Grading System (CBGS). Although a slight underestimation of the functional potential of Class II and III players was noted, it was concluded that the player classification system in wheelchair basketball proportionally represents the functional potential of the players.

Yves C. Vanlandewijck is with the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven Faculty of Physical Education and Physiotherapy, Department of Rehabilitation Sciences, Tervuursevest, 101, 3001 Heverlee (Leuven), Belgium. E-mail: yves.vanlandewijck@flok.kuleuven.ac.be. Christina Evaggelinou is with the Department of Physical Education and Sports Sciences at Aristotle University of Thessalonica, Serres, Greece. Daniel D. Daly, Siska Van Houtte, Joeri Verellen, Vanessa Aspeslagh, Robby Hendrickx, Tine Piessens, and Bjorn Zwakhoven are with the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven Faculty of Physical Education and Physiotherapy, Department of Rehabilitation Sciences.

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