What Little Do We Know: Content Analysis of Disability Sport in Sport Management Literature

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As the field of sport business management develops, it is critical to assess its literature. A content analysis of 34 sport business management journals between 2002 to 2012 was conducted relative to sports, physical activity, recreation, and leisure for individuals with disabilities. Journals were selected based on their alignment with sport management curriculum standards. Results show that of the 5,443 articles reviewed in this study, merely 89, or .016%, pertained to disability sport, leisure, recreation, or physical activity. Information insufficiency was found across all sport management curriculum domains. Similarities and differences are discussed relative to other content analyses conducted in sport management and disability sport. Results provide direction for future scholarship and advancement of studies in disability sport in sport business management.

Deborah R. Shapiro and Brenda G. Pitts are with the Department of Kinesiology and Health, Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA. Address author correspondence to Deborah R. Shapiro at dshapiro@gsu.edu.

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