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Rafael L. Kons, Kai Krabben, David L. Mann, Gabriela Fischer and Daniele Detanico

Judo for athletes with vision impairment (VI judo) is a Paralympic sport that follows the same rules as Olympic judo but with one main exception, as the match is initiated with athletes positioning their grips on the opponents’ jacket ( judogi ; International Paralympic Committee, 2018 ). This

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William R. Falcão, Gordon A. Bloom and Todd M. Loughead

The purpose of this study was to investigate Paralympic coaches’ perceptions of team cohesion. Seven head coaches of summer and winter Canadian Paralympic sport teams participated in the study. Four participants coached individual sports and 3 coached team sports. Data were collected using semistructured interviews and analyzed using thematic analysis. The results addressed the coaches’ perceptions of cohesion in the Paralympic sport setting and strategies used to foster cohesion with their teams. Participants described using techniques and strategies for enhancing cohesion that were similar to those in nondisability sport, such as task-related activities, goal setting, and regularly communicating with their athletes. They also listed how cohesion was distinct to the Paralympic setting, such as the importance of interpersonal activities to build social cohesion. The implications of these results for coaching athletes with a disability are also presented.

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Debbie Van Biesen, Jennifer Mactavish, Janne Kerremans and Yves C. Vanlandewijck

Evidence-based classification systems in Paralympic sport require knowledge of the underlying effect of impairment in a specific sport. This study investigated the relationship between cognition and tactical proficiency in 88 well-trained table tennis players with intellectual disability (ID; 29 women, 59 men, M ± SD IQ 59.9 ± 9.6). Data were collected at 3 competitions sanctioned by the International Federation for Para-Athletes with Intellectual Disabilities (INAS). A generic cognitive test consisting of 8 neuropsychological subtests was used to assess cognitive abilities relevant to sport (reaction time, processing speed, and decision speed; spatial visualization; fluid reasoning; memory; executive functioning; and visual processing). The backward stepwise-regression analysis model revealed that 18% of the variance in tactical proficiency was attributed to spatial visualization and simple reaction time. Applications of these findings resulted in an evidence-based classification system that led to the reinclusion of athletes with ID in Paralympic table tennis and provide the basis for future research in this important area.

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Ljudmila Zaletelj

introduction to the Paralympic Games. The chapters are written in a clear and concise manner, and the text is accessible to a range of readers. This volume would be a wonderful asset to anyone who is directly involved in Paralympic sport (for instance, sport administrators, sport managers, coaches, and

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Scott Douglas, William R. Falcão and Gordon A. Bloom

that were designed on skills and tactics focused on able-bodied athletes ( Cregan et al., 2007 ; Douglas & Hardin, 2014 ). Paralympic sport is growing in participation and popularity, and thus, coaches of athletes with a disability need continuing support and meaningful learning opportunities to

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Rachael C. Stone, Shane N. Sweet, Marie-Josée Perrier, Tara MacDonald, Kathleen A. Martin Ginis and Amy E. Latimer-Cheung

. The International Paralympic Committee aspires to leverage Paralympic sport as means of creating a more inclusive society by challenging stereotypes of and attitudes toward disability ( International Paralympic Committee, 2015 ). This aspiration is predicated, in part, on the assumption that people

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Kirsti Van Dornick and Nancy L.I. Spencer

). Assessing muscle strength for the purpose of classification in Paralympic sport: A review and recommendations . Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport, 20 ( 4 ), 391 – 396 . PubMed ID: 27692576 doi:10.1016/j.jsams.2016.08.010 10.1016/j.jsams.2016.08.010 Brittain , I. ( 2016

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Annemarie M.H. de Witte, Monique A.M. Berger, Marco J.M. Hoozemans, Dirkjan H.E.J. Veeger and Lucas H.V. van der Woude

Wheelchair basketball is a Paralympic sport characterized by fast-paced defensive and offensive actions that include specific wheelchair maneuvers like starting, stopping, and turning ( Wang, Chen, Limroongreungrat, & Change, 2005 ). Next to the functional abilities of the athlete, the movement

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Danielle Peers

.1123/apaq.31.1.1 Braye , S. ( 2014 ). Meet my exes: Theological reflections on disability and paralympic sport—A continuum of ephemeral deaths and eternal resurrection . Journal of Disability & Religion, 18 ( 2 ), 127 – 141 . doi:10.1080/23312521.2014.898391 10.1080/23312521.2014.898391 Bredahl , A

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Pierre Lepage, Gordon A. Bloom and William R. Falcão

current study enabled their children to participate in parasport by providing transportation and emotional encouragement, the current coaches appeared to rely more heavily on the parents than the coaches working in Paralympic sport settings. This finding is indicative of the different dynamics between