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Exploring the Realm of Para-Athletes: The Intersection of Sports and Superhuman Strength

When it comes to the world of sports, a certain segment often gets overlooked – the para-athletes. These extraordinary individuals defy the odds, showcasing exceptional strength, resilience, and determination in the face of physical impairments. Let’s shed a little light on the extensive sport knowledge required to understand these athletes’ journey, their classification, and the pathway to becoming a Paralympian.
Para-athletes are, in essence, athletes who have a health condition that results in some form of disability. However, their impairments don’t hinder their sportsmanship spirit but rather, adds a new dimension to it. The world of para-sport is a testament to how the human spirit can triumph over physical constraints.

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Enhancing Sport Knowledge: Well-Being and Quality-of-Life in Para Athletes

Sport Knowledge plays a crucial role in understanding the dynamics of different sports, including para-sports. The mental health of athletes, particularly those participating in para-sports, has been a topic of growing interest and concern in recent years. Let’s take a peek at the current state of research on well-being and quality of life in people with disabilities engaged in sports, athletes with disabilities, and para-athletes.

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Well-being and quality of life in people with disabilities practicing sports, athletes with disabilities, and para-athletes: Insights from a critical review of the literature

Global well-being (GWB) is a complex, multi-dimensional, and multi-faceted construct that can be explored from two different, but often overlapping, complementary perspectives: the subjective and the objective ones. The subjective perspective, in turn, is comprised of two dimensions: namely, the hedonic and the eudaimonic standpoints. Within the former dimension, researchers have developed the concept of…

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A Retrospective Analysis of Leadership Development Through Sport

The purpose of this study was to examine the development of six leader-athletes. In-depth qualitative interviews were used to explore the various activities that leader athletes engaged in from an early age as well as the roles and influences that peers, coaches, and parents played within these activities. Results indicated that leadership development in sport…

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It’s Not How Much You Play, But How Much You Enjoy The Game: The Longitudinal Associations Between Adolescents’ Self-esteem and the Frequency Versus Enjoyment of Involvement in Sports

The frequency of involvement in sports often has been concurrently and longitudinally associated with higher self-esteem. The interpretation of this association consistently has been framed as involvement in sports leading to higher levels of self-esteem over time (i.e., socialization effect), although no studies have tested whether higher levels of self-esteem lead to increased involvement in…

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Exploring the Impact of Coaches’ Emotional Abuse on Intercollegiate Student-Athletes’ Experiences

Despite widespread anecdotal accounts of coaches’ emotional abuse in intercollegiate sports, empirical literature is lacking. To address this gap, the present exploratory study was designed to explore how former intercollegiate student-athletes interpreted experiences of emotionally abusive coaching. Former female NCAA and NJCAA student-athletes (N = 14; Mage = 25.3 years) took part in semi-structured, in-depth…

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Big Football: Corporate Social Responsibility and the Culture and Color of Injury in America’s Most Popular Sport

Although much has been said about football concussions in the media, academic inquiry into the National Football League’s (NFL) strategies for containing critique and shaping public discourse remains limited. I investigate the league’s multi-sided “corporate social responsibility” (CSR) campaign, which involves harm reduction reforms (e.g., improved helmets, tackling techniques) as well as public relations and…

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