Wheelchair Sport: A Complete Guide for Athletes, Coaches, and Teachers

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Human Kinetics, 2010 - Crafts & Hobbies - 211 pages
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Wheelchair Sport provides coaches, teachers, and athletes with the information they need to compete and succeed in wheelchair sports. Written by top coaches, athletes, sport scientists, and specialists in sports medicine and physical therapy who work with Paralympic athletes, this resource offers

an explanation of the physiological differences between able-bodied and disabled athletes and the physiological adaptations that result from training; guidelines for training that are customized to wheelchair athletes' unique needs, including strength and conditioning, nutrition and hydration, and mental wellness; tips on the practical aspects of competing in wheelchair sport, such as optimizing chair set-up and preparing for travel; and expert guidance in developing top-notch training programs for athletes at all skill levels.

People who use wheelchairs have a greater opportunity than ever before to be physically active at the level of their choosing. Wheelchair Sport equips coaches, teachers, and athletes to develop their minds and bodies to their potential and enjoy their participation in sports.

 

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About the author (2010)

Vicky Goosey-Tolfrey, PhD, is a senior lecturer in exercise physiology and director of the Peter Harrison Centre for Disability Sport at LoughboroughUniversity in Leicestershire, UK. Her work in 1994 with Prof. Ian Campbell and Dame Tanni Grey-Thompson sparked her interest in disability sport, and she went on to earn her PhD in sport science from ManchesterMetropolitanUniversity five years later.

Dr. Goosey-Tolfrey attended the Atlanta 1996 and Sydney 2000 Paralympic Games with the Great Britain wheelchair racing and wheelchair basketball teams, respectively, and was the lead physiology consultant for the British Paralympic Association for the Athens 2004 and Beijing 2008 Games. In her leisure time, she enjoys being with her family, golfing, and watching films.

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