Publisher description for Athlete first : a history of the paralympic movement / Steve Bailey.


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Today the Paralympic Movement is recognised as a global sporting phenomenon attracting thousands of athletes from an ever-increasing number of countries. Athlete First_provides a thoroughly researched history and analysis of the Paralympic Movement, including the development and organisation of the International Paralympic Committee. As well as recounting factual achievements and events, this unique publication examines the position of sport and international competition for people with a disability within their changing historical context and in relation to the Olympic Movement and able-bodied sport._____
The first history of the origins and development of the Paralympic movement
Examines disabled sport and international competition within their changing historical context
Includes details of key players in the movement – on and off the field
Written in an accessible style by a recognised historian, Athlete First is an invaluable resource for researchers and professionals involved in the field of sport and disability as well as sport scientists and physical education specialists with an interest in sports history.


Library of Congress subject headings for this publication:
Special Olympics -- History.
Paralympics -- History.
Sports for people with disabilities.
Athletes with disabilities.