2nd Edition

The Paralympic Games Explained Second Edition

By Ian Brittain Copyright 2016
    246 Pages 22 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    246 Pages 22 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

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    The Paralympic Games is the second largest multi-sport festival on earth and an event which poses profound and challenging questions about the nature of sport, disability and society. The Paralympic Games Explained is the first complete introduction to the Paralympic phenomenon, exploring every key aspect and issue, from the history and development of the Paralympic movement to the economic and social impact of the contemporary Games.

    Now in a fully revised and updated second edition, it includes new material on hosting and legacy, Vancouver 2010 to Rio 2016, sport for development, and case studies of an additional ten Paralympic nations. Drawing on a range of international examples, it discusses key issues such as:

    • how societal attitudes influence disability sport

    • the governance of Paralympic and elite disability sport

    • the relationship between the Paralympics and the Olympics

    • drugs and technology in disability sport

    • classification in disability sport.

    Containing useful features including review questions, study activities, web links and guides to further reading throughout, The Paralympic Games Explained is the most accessible and comprehensive guide to the Paralympics currently available. It is essential reading for all students with an interest in disability sport, sporting mega-events, the politics of sport, or disability in society.

    1. The history and development of the Paralympic Games  2. The Olympic Movement and the Paralympic Games  3. The governance of Paralympic sport  4. Disability and the body  5. The broader social issues of disability within society and their impact on sports participation  6. Media, marketing and disability sport  7. Major issues within the Paralympic Movement  8. Diversity and the Paralympic Games  9. International perspectives on Paralympic participation  10. The Special Olympics, intellectual disability and the Paralympic Games


    Ian Brittain is a Research Fellow in the Centre for Business in Society at Coventry University, UK. He has formerly been an Executive Board member of the International Stoke Mandeville Wheelchair Sports Federation and was the Sports Coordinator for the International Wheelchair and Amputee Sports Federation (IWAS) World Games in Rio de Janeiro and currently acts as Heritage Advisor to IWAS. He has attended the last four Summer Paralympic Games in Sydney, Athens, Beijing and London and was a Ceremonies Consultant for the London 2012 Paralympic Opening Ceremony. His research focuses upon sociological, historical and sports management aspects of Paralympic and disability sport.