Download PDF by Steve Bailey: Athlete First: A History of the Paralympic Movement

By Steve Bailey

ISBN-10: 0470058242

ISBN-13: 9780470058244

ISBN-10: 0470724315

ISBN-13: 9780470724316

This present day the Paralympic flow is known as a world wearing phenomenon attracting millions of athletes from an ever-increasing variety of nations. Athlete First offers a completely researched background and research of the Paralympic stream, together with the improvement and organization of the foreign Paralympic Committee. in addition to recounting actual achievements and occasions, the booklet examines the location of game and foreign pageant for individuals with a incapacity inside their altering old context and in terms of the Olympic flow and able-bodied activity.

  • The first background of the origins and improvement of the Paralympic movement
  • Examines disabled recreation and foreign pageant inside their altering historic context
  • Includes information of key gamers within the stream – off and on the field

Written in an available kind via a known historian Athlete First will turn out helpful to researchers and pros fascinated about the sphere of activity and incapacity in addition to activity scientists and actual schooling experts with an curiosity in activities history.

The writer appreciates the position performed by means of the foreign Council of activity technology and actual schooling (ICSSPE) in bringing this book to fruition, and recognizes the monetary tips supplied by means of the overseas Olympic Committee.

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CONCLUSION Broadly speaking, the aims of sport embody the same principles for the disabled as they do for the able-bodied; in addition however, sport is of immense therapeutic value and plays an essential part in the physical, psychological and social rehabilitation of the disabled. Sport helps the disabled person to restore contact with the world around him; in other words, to facilitate and accelerate his social re-integration or integration. (Ludwig Guttmann 1976) There have been many obstacles to overcome in providing opportunities for persons with a disability to participate in elite competitive sporting environments.

Other sporting activities employed at Stoke Mandeville in the early years were badminton, netball, athletics (Indian clubswinging, javelin, shot-put), rope climbing, table tennis, snooker, darts and archery. Archery in particular was enthusiastically pursued, lending itself most suitably to the performance capabilities of paraplegic athletes. At the 1951 Festival of Britain, sportsmen and sportswomen who were paraplegics gave demonstrations in basketball and archery. In July 1948 Ludwig Guttmann encouraged the first annual ‘sports day’ for patients and former patients of Stoke Mandeville Hospital.

At the first congress of sports physicians, held at Oberhof/Thu¨ringen in September 1912, the Deutsches Reichskomitee zur wissenschaftlichen Erforschung der Leibesu¨bungen (German State Committee for Scientific Investigation of Physical Exercise) was formed. In 1924 this group was renamed the Deutscher ¨ rtzebund zur Fo¨rderung des Leibesu¨bungen (German Federation of Physicians for the Promotion of A Physical Exercise). Arthur Mallwitz and August Bier began the first lecture series on sports medicine in Berlin in 1919.

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