Reverse integration in wheelchair basketball: stakeholders’ understanding in elite and recreational sporting communities

Verdonck, Michele and Ripat, Jacquie and Clark, Peita-Maree and Oprescu, Florin and Gray, Marion and Chaffey, Lisa and Kean, Bridie (2020) Reverse integration in wheelchair basketball: stakeholders’ understanding in elite and recreational sporting communities. Adapted Physical Activity Quarterly, 38 (1). pp. 25-42. ISSN 0736-5829


Abstract

Wheelchair basketball (WCBB) often includes reverse integration (RI), defined as the inclusion of athletes without impairment in a sport traditionally aimed at athletes with an impairment. This study explored how RI in WCBB was understood by internal stakeholders. Data were gathered from athletes, coaches, and administrators at an Australian club competition and at a Canadian elite training center. Analysis of semistructured interviews with 29 participants led to the identification of eight themes. Collectively, the findings showed that RI was embedded within WCBB, RI was considered to be a way to advance the growth and improve the quality of WCBB as well as a way to increase awareness of WCBB and disability. There were some concerns that RI may not be equitable, as WCBB is a “disability sport.” Stakeholders’ perspectives on RI could provide useful information for sport policymakers, managers, administrators, sports organizations, and athletes interested in further developing WCBB.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
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Date Deposited: 12 Oct 2021 06:36
Last Modified: 22 Oct 2021 00:16
Uncontrolled Keywords: adaptive sport, disability, equity, inclusion, parasport
Fields of Research (2008): 11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1106 Human Movement and Sports Science > 110699 Human Movement and Sports Science not elsewhere classified
Fields of Research (2020): 42 HEALTH SCIENCES > 4207 Sports science and exercise > 420799 Sports science and exercise not elsewhere classified
42 HEALTH SCIENCES > 4207 Sports science and exercise > 420702 Exercise physiology
Identification Number or DOI: https://doi.org/10.1123/apaq.2019-0082
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/43855

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