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Training and Coaching the Paralympic Athlete

ISBN: 978-1-119-04433-8
256 pages
August 2016, Wiley-Blackwell
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Part of the esteemed IOC Handbook of Sports Medicine and Science series, this new volume on Training and Coaching the Paralympic Athlete will be athlete-centred with each chapter written for the practical use of medical doctors and allied health personnel. The chapters also consider the role of medical science in the athlete’s sporting career and summarize current international scientific Paralympic literature.  
  • Provides a concise, authoritative overview of the science, medicine and psycho-social aspects of training and coaching disabled and Paralympic athletes
  • Offers guidance on medical aspects unique to the training and coaching of Paralympic athletes 
  • Endorsed by both the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the International Paralympic Committee (IPC)
  • Written and edited by global thought leaders in sports medicine
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Table of Contents

Contributors, vi

Foreword by IOC President Thomas Bach, ix

Foreword by IPC President Sir Philip Craven, xi

1 Introduction to the Paralympic Movement, 1
Walter R. Thompson

2 Biomechanics and ergonomics, 21
Helco van Keeken, Sonja de Groot, Riemer Vegter, and Lucas van der Woude

3 Physiology, 53
Claudio Perret and Thomas Abel

4 Paralympic sports medicine, 75
Cheri A. Blauwet, Jan Lexell, and Wayne Derman

5 The psychology of Paralympians and mental preparation, 96
Jeffrey J. Martin

6 Sociology of sport and coaching, 108
P. David Howe

7 Research needs for the development of evidence-based systems of classification for physical, vision, and intellectual impairments, 122
Sean M. Tweedy, David Mann, and Yves C. Vanlandewijck

8 Sport and technology, 150
Osnat Fliess-Douer, Barry Mason, Larry Katz, and Chi-hung Raymond So

9 Contribution of sport science to performance: Wheelchair rugby, 172
Yves C. Vanlandewijck

10 Contribution of sports science to performance: Swimming, 199
Brendan Burkett

11 Contribution of sport science to performance: Nordic skiing, 216
Vesa Linnamo, Walter Rapp, and Stefan J. Lindinger

Index, 237

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Author Information

Professor Yves C. Vanlandewijck, Ph.D.
Department of Rehabilitation Sciences
Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Leuven, Belgium

Professor Walter R. Thompson, Ph.D.
Department of Kinesiology and Health
Georgia State University
Atlanta, GA, USA

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