The Paralympic Games

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  • Copyright: 2009-01-27
  • Publisher: Meyer & Meyer Sport
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In particular the book develops the following five themes of the 'Public and Media Perceptions', 'A View of the Paralympics', 'Olympism versus Paralympism', 'Cultural Diversity at the Paralympics' and 'The Future Directions for Research' in the Paralympic arena. Inside of these themes several important issues are addressed. They include chapters on marketing for the Paralympics, technical aspects of the Paralympic Games, the relationship between the Olympism and Paralympics, and the Paralympic movement in Africa to name a few. Throughout the book the question is asked as to whether the Paralympics empowers individuals with a disability or if the Paralympics are perhaps just a sideshow to the major Olympic events. This question has been revisited several times throughout the book and it accentuates the major thrust of the writings therein.

Author Biography

Keith Gilbert is a Professor and Director of the Centre for Disabilities, Sport and Health in the School of Health and Bioscience at the University of East London, United Kingdom. Otto J. Schantz is a Professor and Dean of the Institute of Sport Sciences at the University of Koblenz-Landau, Germany.

Table of Contents

Reconceptualizing the Paralympic Movementp. 8
Public and Media Perceptions
The Fire Within: The Sydney 2000 Paralympic Games Opening Ceremonyp. 18
Elite Wheelchair Athletes Relate to Sport Mediap. 25
French & German Newspaper Coverage of the 1996 Atlanta Paralympic Gamesp. 34
Spectating at the Paralympic Games: Athens 2004p. 57
Media and the Paralympic Gamesp. 68
Innovative Marketing for the Paralympicsp. 79
Inside the Paralympics
Classification and the Gamesp. 90
Coaching at the Paralympic level: If Only the Administrators Understoodp. 102
Sports Science and the Paralympicsp. 115
From the Outside Looking in and the Inside Looking Out: A Coach's Perspective of Intellectual Disability in the Paralympicsp. 126
Paralympic Competition or Technical Breakdownp. 134
The Paralympics: Horse Powerp. 140
Olympism Versus Paralympism?
A Kaleidoscope of Colour and Vibrancy: Personal Reflections on the Paralympicsp. 148
Two Games One Movement? The Paralympic Movement Versus the Olympic Movementp. 155
Olympism and the Olympic Athlete with a Disabilityp. 167
Volunteerism and the Paralympic Gamesp. 176
Herding Cats: Managing and Administering Paralympic Teamsp. 184
It Comes with the Territory: Terrorism and the Paralympicsp. 190
Cultural Diversity at the Paralympics
Paralympic Sport and New Zealand: The Journeyp. 200
The Rise of Paralympic Sport in Sloveniap. 212
Kosovos Attempts to Join the World Stagep. 221
The Paralympic Movement in the African Contextp. 230
The Paralympics: A Malaysian Perspectivep. 239
Future Directions of Research on the Paralympic Movement
Critical Theory and the Paralympic Movementp. 246
Breaking the Chainsp. 252
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