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Understanding parasport: an analysis of the differences between able-bodied and parasport from a sport policy perspective

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Parasport is a growing field of study with many countries recognising the
need to develop organisational structures in order to optimise the
development of high-performance sport opportunities for Paralympic
athletes. Policy development in this area is currently still under developed
and a significant knowledge gap is apparent regarding the development
of Paralympic athlete programmes, and the understanding of
how to develop long-term athlete pathways. This study hereby aims to
address this gap by identifying how elite sport policy approaches differ
between able-bodied and parasport. Sixteen international Paralympic
experts participated in comprehensive semi-structured interviews guided
by the theoretical framework of the Sport Policy Factors Leading to
International Sporting Success model. The results of this study suggest
that a ‘one-size-fits-all approach’ does not exist in order to develop an
effective parasport system. This study provides a framework illustrating
the major differences between the able-bodied and parasport systems.
Notably, this influences the way sport policies should be developed in
order to generate awareness among sport policymakers and high-performance
directors, in aid of helping them to understand parasport as a
whole and its intricacies.
Tijdschrift: International Journal of Sport Policy and Politics
ISSN: 1940-6940
Issue: 2
Volume: 10
Pagina's: 235-254
Trefwoorden:elite sport policy, para-athlete pathways, Parasport, parasport context, parasport policy