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Examining Elite Parasport Athletes With Sport Involvement and Sports Equipment

Marion E. Hambrick, Mary A. Hums, Glenna G. Bower, and Eli A. Wolff

Elite athletes require the most advanced sports equipment to maintain their competitive edge, but manufacturers cannot always satisfy these athletes’ specific equipment needs. Sport involvement can influence sports-equipment selections and is described as the process by which individuals rely on attitudes and belief systems to make sports-related consumption decisions. This study involved semistructured interviews with 5 elite Parasport athletes to identify and analyze the role of sport involvement in their selection of sports equipment. The results revealed that the athletes identified product limitations, created a collaborative environment, and promoted a culture of innovation to develop new sports products and address existing limitations. Theoretical and practical implications are discussed.

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A Model of Perfectionism, Moral Disengagement, Altruism, and Antisocial and Prosocial Behaviors in Wheelchair Athletes

Frazer Atkinson, Jeffrey J. Martin, and E. Whitney G. Moore

understand the psychology of athletes with a disability. Many Parasport athletes have an acquired disability because of a traumatic event (e.g., skiing accident). Extreme adverse life events, such as a sport or traffic accident, are often associated with changes in personality traits ( Lockenhoff et

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Too Many Chairs: Spatiality and Disability in Integrated Sporting Spaces

Nancy Quinn, Laura Misener, and P. David Howe

this statement. Since the 1994 Commonwealth Games (CG) in Victoria, Canada, where demonstration events for parasport athletes were held, the CGF has been at the forefront of pushing for integrated sporting events. By 2002, the CGF voted to adopt an integrated model of competition for future CG. In this

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It’s a Long Way to the Top: Determinants of Developmental Pathways in Paralympic Sport

Jacqueline Martins Patatas, Jens De Rycke, Veerle De Bosscher, and Rafael Lima Kons

Talent Development Environmental model ( Henriksen et al., 2010 ), and the Long-Term Athlete Development model ( Balyi et al., 2013 ). Given this long-standing field of literature, remarkably, little is known about how parasport athletes progress through an athletic career pathway and, consequently the

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“A Really Strong Bond”: Coaches in Women Athletes’ Experiences of Inclusion in Parasport

Jessica J. Ferguson and Nancy L.I. Spencer

) conducted interviews with elite women parasport athletes about their perceptions of effective and ineffective coaching behaviors and strategies. The findings revealed that these athletes valued coaches who were knowledgeable about their sport and willing to adapt to their needs by being open-minded and

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Wheelchair Basketball Athletes’ Perceptions of the Coach–Athlete Relationship

Lara Pomerleau-Fontaine, Gordon A. Bloom, and Danielle Alexander

; Dehghansai et al., 2021 ; Lefebvre et al., 2021 ; Townsend & Cushion, 2021 ; Townsend et al., 2020 ). For example, research has shown that parasport coaches play an important role in supporting parasport athletes by creating an environment that provides the opportunity to develop on both a personal and

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Searching for Paralympians: Characteristics of Participants Attending “Search” Events

Nima Dehghansai and Joseph Baker

early development (i.e., dropout, burnout, concussions, and injury) ( Baker, Cobley, & Fraser-Thomas, 2009 ; Patel, Parachuri, & Shettigar, 2017 ), and there is a need to better understand the impacts of sport participation for parasport athletes ( Bundon, 2019 ). Currently, the positive notion of

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What’s in a Sport Class? The Classification Experiences of Paraswimmers

Kirsti Van Dornick and Nancy L.I. Spencer

Parasport 1 has grown significantly over the past 60 years, with the Paralympic Games becoming the second largest multisport event on Earth ( Steadward & Peterson, 1997 ). To gain access to competitive parasport, athletes with physical, sensory, and intellectual impairment are classified based on

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What Is a Parasport Coach’s Role During Athlete Classification? Exploring How Parasport Coaches Learn About Classification and Their Role Within This Process

Isabelle Birchall, Janet A. Lawson, Toni L. Williams, and Amy E. Latimer-Cheung

duties and responsibilities taken on) is limited. Identifying these coach behaviors will allow for the creation of resources to advance coach learning and ultimately skill in supporting parasport athletes through the classification process. Effective parasport coach behaviors have been explored generally

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Individualising Coaching in Olympic and Paralympic Worlds: An Applied Perspective

Scott Simon and Pam Richards

the coaching literature remains misaligned to the effective individualisation of parasport athletes. Such a discourse aligns with assumptions driven through a medical lens of functional limitation of what the athlete cannot do ( Townsend et al., 2015 ). Furthermore, historical coaching literature may