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Disabling Prejudice: A Case Study of Images of Paralympic Athletes and Attitudes Toward People With Disabilities

David Welch Suggs Jr. and Jason Lee Guthrie

Part of the goal of the International Paralympic Committee is to “touch the heart of all people for a more equitable society” by exposing people to adaptive sports, with the goal of improving public views toward people with disabilities. The authors hypothesized that exposure to parasocial contact with images of athletes with disabilities could lead to a change in attitude during the formation of social identity, disrupting the tendency to view the population of individuals with physical disabilities as “other. ” This case study found that viewing a documentary of a Paralympic sprinter produced in the same style as an Olympic feature appeared to affect the emotional components of attitude formation, especially when compared with respondents who viewed a comparable documentary about an able-bodied athlete. These findings are of interest to proponents of adaptive sports, producers of adaptive-sports media, and marketers who use athletes with disabilities in advertising campaigns.

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“It Shaped My Future in Ways I Wasn’t Prepared for—in the Best Way Possible”: Alumni Volunteers’ Experiences in an Adapted Sports and Recreation Program

Meredith Wekesser, Guilherme H. Costa, Piotr J. Pasik, and Karl Erickson

opportunities that exist, research examining adapted sports participation has shown many benefits such as positive social relationships ( Lape et al., 2018 ), increased self-concept and physical activity ( Martin & Whalen, 2012 ), and improved quality of life ( Groff et al., 2009 ). However, while there is

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Experiences Influencing Walking Football Initiation in 55- to 75-Year-Old Adults: A Qualitative Study

Rachel Cholerton, Jeff Breckon, Joanne Butt, and Helen Quirk

adaptedsports, defined as activities that are directed at those “who require adaptation for participation in the context of PA” ( Carlier, Mainguet, & Delevoye-Turrell, 2016 , p. 351). Other mainstream sports such as golf, where play is adapted based on a player’s ability, has been found to attract long

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Experiences and Strategies Influencing Older Adults to Continue Playing Walking Football

Rachel Cholerton, Helen Quirk, Jeff Breckon, and Joanne Butt

levels of inclusive sport and appropriate playing opportunities for older adults is needed ( Jenkin et al., 2018 ). Adapted sports are defined as activities that are directed at those “who require adaptation for participation in the context of physical activity” ( Carlier, Mainguet, & Delevoye

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Hybrid Program Based on Virtual and Real Games Increases Fundamental Movement Skills in Children With Intellectual Disability: A Quasi-Experimental Study

Ghada Regaieg, Sonia Sahli, and Gilles Kermarrec

situations with those of the conventional one (adapted sports) on FMS in children with ID. We hypothesized that an APE hybrid program based on virtual and real games situations would induce a significant FMS improvement in children with mild ID. Also, children participating in an APE hybrid program based on

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Internal and External Training Workload Quantification in 4 Experienced Paracanoeing Athletes

Frederico Ribeiro Neto, Ramires Alsamir Tibana, Jefferson Rodrigues Dorneles, and Rodrigo Rodrigues Gomes Costa

Paracanoeing is one of the adapted sports eligible for different motor impairments. In these velocity sports, performance is multifactorial and dependent on interrelated variables, such as the rate of strength development, muscle power, maximum muscle strength, and anaerobic power. 1 Despite the

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Improvements in Tennis Skills in Adults With Developmental and Intellectual Disabilities Following an 8-Week Adapted Tennis Program

Loriane Favoretto, Zach Hutchison, Claire M. Mowling, and Melissa M. Pangelinan

disparities in both mental ( Einfeld, Ellis, & Emerson, 2011 ; Emerson & Hatton, 2007 ; Platt, Keyes, McLaughlin, & Kaufman, 2019 ) and physical health ( Havercamp & Scott, 2015 ; Rimmer, Yamaki, Lowry, Wang, & Vogel, 2010 ). Participation in adapted sports and physical activities offered as part of school

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Magic Carpet Ride: A Narrative Exploration of Disability and Adaptive Physical Activity

Rebecca Busanich and Emma McAfee

 al. ( 2020 ) found that individuals with disabilities who participated in adaptive sports reported higher levels of life satisfaction and better QOL. In a separate study, sports adapted for people with disabilities resulted in lower levels of social isolation ( Labbé et al., 2019 ), by providing an inclusive

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Sport Participation for Elite Athletes With Physical Disabilities: Motivations, Barriers, and Facilitators

Gabriella McLoughlin, Courtney Weisman Fecske, Yvette Castaneda, Candace Gwin, and Kim Graber

participation in adapted sports ( Page, O’Connor, & Peterson, 2001 ). Athletes attribute motivation to the presence of other people (taking part in something that gives a person close contact with others) and to having opportunities for socialization with other AWPD. Those participating in team sports believed

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An Exploratory Assessment of Sociocultural Attitudes and Appearance Comparison Among Athletes With Physical Disabilities

Alexandra M. Rodriguez, Alison Ede, Leilani Madrigal, Tiffanye Vargas, and Christy Greenleaf

rugby) at various competition levels (e.g., recreational to international). Procedure and Measures After obtaining approval from the university’s institutional review board, we contacted local and national adaptive sports organizations and teams. Permission from leaders of nine organizations and teams