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Danielle Sterba, Jessie N. Stapleton, and Winston Kennedy

Participation options for athletes with physical and intellectual disabilities have risen within the last half-century and, with them, the term “supercrip.” Supercrip athletes have been defined as “those individuals whose inspirational stories of courage, dedication, and hard work prove that it can

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Jeffrey J. Martin

well-meaning manner and frequently take the form of, on the surface, compliments and encouragement. Another reason for the following treatise on inspiration porn is that sport is a context where inspiration porn is frequently displayed. Inspiration porn shares much in common with the term supercrip

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Emma Pullen, Daniel Jackson, Michael Silk, P. David Howe, and Carla Filomena Silva

perceptions of disability (e.g.,  Beacom, French & Kendall, 2016 ; Ellis, 2009 ; McGillivray, O’Donnell, McPherson, & Misener, 2019 ). Previous studies have typically depicted the “supercrip” narrative as the most dominant in Paralympic representation (e.g.,  Howe & Silva, 2017 ; McGillivray et al., 2019

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Yoko Kanemasu

” ( Lindemann & Cherney, 2008 , p. 110) and “able-bodied achievement values” ( Berger, 2008 , p. 656). Elite disability sport, in particular, has received much critical attention. Representations of Paralympians, wheelchair rugby players, and other elite disabled athletes (so-called “supercrips”—see Howe, 2011

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James Brighton, Robert C. Townsend, Natalie Campbell, and Toni L. Williams

sport practices ( Bundon & Clarke, 2015 ). 4 Constructed through media discourses of inspiration, it is also worth acknowledging that a term known as the “supercrip” has materialized to refer to disabled athletes.  A representation rather than a theoretically derived conceptual model, the supercrip

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Kelly P. Arbour-Nicitopoulos, Celina Shirazipour, and Krystn Orr

disability sport message: the supercrip identity. The fourth section of Part 2 provides a discussion of motivational theories commonly applied in disability sport and exercise psychology. Chapter 14 provides a brief introduction to the topic of participation motivation, leading succinctly into the following

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Dunja Antunovic and Andrea Bundon

the disabled while celebrating the accomplishment of the few who, through sheer effort and courage, become Paralympians ( Thomas & Smith, 2003 ). This media framing is commonly referred to as the “supercrip” narrative and has been widely critiqued by media scholars and disability scholars alike

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Samuel Lins, Cynthia F. Melo, Sara G. Alves, and Rúben L. Silva

, French, & Kendall, 2016 ; Marques et al., 2015 ). As a result, the space given to the athletes’ athletic abilities and sports achievements has become almost null. Another consequence is that portrayals of athletes with disability often mimic the stereotypes of “poor thing” and “supercrip” that

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Kim Bissell, Andrew C. Billings, and Bumsoo Park

that the “body is able” ( Cherney, 2019 ), but these perceptions reflected problematic notions of the “supercrip” athlete that comparatively makes other persons with disabilities feel inadequate ( Berger, 2008 ; Hardin & Hardin, 2004 ). This study builds on the limitations Bartsch et al. ( 2018

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Fallon R. Mitchell, Paula M. van Wyk, and Sara Santarossa

individuals with a disability receive commonly exploits them as abnormal, freaks, incapable, supercrips, charity cases, and/or symbols of fear ( Barnes & Mercer, 2001 ; Berger, 2008 ). Stereotypes may impact beliefs and attitudes about the ability and appearance of individuals with a disability at both