Athlete First: A History of the Paralympic Movement

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John Wiley & Sons, Feb 28, 2008 - Medical - 302 pages
Today the Paralympic Movement is recognised as a global sporting phenomenon attracting thousands of athletes from an ever-increasing number of countries. Athlete First provides a thoroughly researched history and analysis of the Paralympic Movement, including the development and organisation of the International Paralympic Committee. As well as recounting factual achievements and events, the book examines the position of sport and international competition for people with a disability within their changing historical context and in relation to the Olympic Movement and able-bodied sport.
  • The first history of the origins and development of the Paralympic movement
  • Examines disabled sport and international competition within their changing historical context
  • Includes details of key players in the movement – on and off the field

Written in an accessible style by a recognised historian Athlete First will prove invaluable to researchers and professionals involved in the field of sport and disability as well as sport scientists and physical education specialists with an interest in sports history.

The Publisher appreciates the role played by the International Council of Sport Science and Physical Education (ICSSPE) in bringing this publication to fruition, and acknowledges the financial assistance provided by the International Olympic Committee.


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Chapter 1 A Showcase of Ability
Chapter 2 An Air of Hopelessness
Chapter 3 The Era of Development 1960 to 1980
Chapter 4 Fair not Equal 1980 to 1988
Chapter 5 Building Bridges not Walls 1988 to 1992
Chapter 6 Spirit in Motion 1992 to 1996
Chapter 7 Repair What Needs Repair? 1996 to 2000
Chapter 8 Sport is About Emotion 2000 to 2004
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Dr Steve Bailey. Winchester College, UK

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