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Thom T.J. Veeger, Annemarie M.H. de Witte, Monique A.M. Berger, Rienk M.A. van der Slikke, Dirkjan (H.E.J.) Veeger and Marco J.M. Hoozemans

Wheelchair basketball is one of the most popular Paralympic sports with professional competitions at a high level. At these high levels, coaches are always trying to improve the overall game performance of their team, for instance by adjusting tactics and improving performance of individual players

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Jereme Wilroy and Elizabeth Hibberd

frequently when playing wheelchair sports, such as wheelchair basketball. The scientific literature has provided evidence that repetitive motion, over the head reaching from a wheelchair position, poor shoulder mechanics, and overuse are responsible for shoulder problems in wheelchair users. 20 – 23

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Yves C. Vanlandewijck, Christina Evaggelinou, Daniel D. Daly, Siska Van Houtte, Joeri Verellen, Vanessa Aspeslagh, Robby Hendrickx, Tine Piessens and Bjorn Zwakhoven

The player classification system in wheelchair basketball (composed of four classes) is based on an analysis of players’ functional resources through game observation and field-testing. This study examines if the classes are in the correct proportion relative to each other. During the Wheelchair Basketball World Championships in Sydney 1998, 12 teams were videotaped for three 40-min games. Eighty-eight male players were retained for a detailed performance analysis by means of the Comprehensive Basketball Grading System (CBGS). Although a slight underestimation of the functional potential of Class II and III players was noted, it was concluded that the player classification system in wheelchair basketball proportionally represents the functional potential of the players.

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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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Paul E. Yeatts, Ronald Davis, Jun Oh and Gwang-Yon Hwang

, is a multisport competition conducted annually, which encompasses all branches of the U.S. military. The Warriors Games includes the sports of archery, cycling, indoor rowing, powerlifting, shooting, volleyball, swimming, track and field, and wheelchair basketball. Similar to the tenets of Dr

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Scott Douglas

Since its humble beginnings at the end of World War II, wheelchair basketball has incorporated a classification system for its players. The classification system ensures equal representation among team players and fosters positions and roles that are unique to the various levels of disability represented on a team (Goodwin et al., 2009). The increasingly competitive nature of this global game has necessitated an increasingly high level of coaching expertise. The purpose of this commentary is to take a practical look at the International Wheelchair Basketball Federation Player Classification System and the challenges it presents to a wheelchair basketball coach during the chaos of a game.

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Frank M. Brasile

An investigation was undertaken to assess the relationship between the disability classification levels of wheelchair basketball players, as used by the National Wheelchair Basketball Association (NWBA), and the skill proficiency levels of the athlete. The assessment tool consisted of seven components deemed necessary for proficiency in basketball; these items were the 20-m sprint, free-throw shooting, obstacle dribble, baskets per minute, rebounding, speed pass, and pass for accuracy. The data used for statistical analysis were based upon the results acquired from 91 subjects who were tested in 1983. These subjects represented 18 NWBA teams from 14 states and Canada. The results of the investigation indicate support for placing less of an emphasis on the disability levels of wheelchair basketball participants, and for the development of functional assessment tools to be used in judging performances of “handicapped” athletes.

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Barry S. Mason, Rienk M.A. van der Slikke, Michael J. Hutchinson, Monique A.M. Berger and Victoria L. Goosey-Tolfrey

Wheelchair basketball (WB) is a 5v5 team sport characterized as an intermittent, aerobic-based activity interspersed with frequent bouts of high-intensity work that requires high levels of physical conditioning and technical skill. 1 , 2 A substantial amount of research has explored the activity

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Aitor Iturricastillo, Javier Yanci and Cristina Granados

task by elite coaches, even more than novice coaches ( Serrano, Shahidian, Sampaio, & Leite, 2013 ). Like conventional basketball, wheelchair basketball (WB) is an intermittent activity simultaneously demanding several skills for wheelchair maneuvering (i.e., propulsion, starting and stopping, and

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Aitor Iturricastillo, Cristina Granados, Raúl Reina, José Manuel Sarabia, Ander Romarate and Javier Yanci

Despite the growing interest in Paralympic sport, specifically in wheelchair sports, relatively little is known about physical performance in wheelchair basketball (WB) players. 1 – 3 WB is an intermittent activity demanding simultaneously several skills for wheelchair maneuvering (ie