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1st Edition

Disability and Youth Sport

Edited By

Hayley Fitzgerald

ISBN 9780415423533
Published January 14, 2009 by Routledge
188 Pages

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Book Description

How can or does youth sport reconcile what seems to be a fundamental contradiction between understandings of sport and disability? Has youth sport been challenged in anyway? Have alternative views of sport for disabled people been presented? Examining some of the latest research, this book considers the relationship between sport and disability by exploring a range of questions such as these.

Disability and Youth Sport further challenges current thinking and therefore serves to stimulate progressive debate in this area. Drawing on a breadth of literature from sports pedagogy, sociology of sport, disability studies, inclusive education, and adapted physical activity, a socially critical dialogue is developed where the voices of young disabled people are central. Topics covered include:


  • researching disability and youth sport

  • inclusion policy towards physical education and youth sport

  • constructions of disability through youth sport

  • the voices of young disabled people

  • the historical context of disability sport


With its comprehensive coverage and expert contributors from around the globe, this book is an ideal text for students at all levels with an interest in youth sport, disability studies, or sport policy.

Table of Contents

1. Bringing disability into youth sport Hayley Fitzgerald 2. Disability Sport: Historical Context Karen DePauw 3. Disability and Inclusion Policy Towards Physical Education and Youth Sport Andy Smith 4. Disability, Physical Education and sport: Some Critical Observations and Questions Len Barton  5. The Voices of Students with Disabilities: Are They Informing Inclusive Physical Education Practice? Donna Goodwin 6.‘We Want to Play Football’ – Girls Experiencing Learning Disabilities and Their Footballing Experiences Annette Stride 7. Physical education as a normaliZing practice: Is there a space for disability sport? Hayley Fitzgerald and David Kirk 8. Picture this! Student co-researchers Aspley Wood School 9. The pedagogy of inclusive youth sport: working towards real solutions Pam Stevenson 10. Reflecting on Teaching, Learning and physical culture through Narrative Catherine Morrison 11. Are you a ‘Parasite’ Researcher? Researching disability and youth sport Hayley Fitzgerald 12. Future directions in youth sport and disability: development, aspirations and research Hayley Fitzgerald  and Anne Jobling

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Hayley Fitzgerald is a Senior Lecturer in sport, leisure, and culture at Leeds Metropolitan University, England. Prior to taking this Hayley worked as a researcher at Loughborough University. She has also worked for a number of disability sport organizations in England, and has extensive experience of developing accessible research strategies.


"A pioneering collection, drawing together important contributions from those at the forefront of research, including young disabled people themselves. As a result it should be essential reading for academics, researchers, students and practitioners interested in the critical issues in this area", Jessica Louise Macbeth and Anthony John Maher, Sport and Society