This book provides students and scholars with a fail-safe guide to the key concepts in the field of Sport & Exercise Science. Intelligently cross-referenced entries provide a sound map of the multi-disciplinary demands of sport related courses including physical and biological sciences, social science and education. The entries use clear definitions, examples, and suggestions for further reading to explore each discipline.

Disability

Disability

Internationally, research consistently reports that disabled people participate less and undertake a narrower range of sporting activities than non-disabled people. A range of factors has been held responsible for this situation, including the fact that participants suffer from a lack of support, accessible facilities and equipment. Some disabled people also argue that stereotypical and discriminatory assumptions held by non-disabled people deter them from actively engaging in sport. As I discuss later, disability is a fluid concept and has been understood in different ways over time. Importantly, these differing conceptions of disability have wider implications for the ways in which disabled people are perceived, treated and positioned within society, and more specifically located within the practice of sport. As a consequence of these different understandings ...

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