The aim of this paper is to investigate the recently forged links between the military and the National Paralympic Committees in Australia, Canada, Great Britain and the USA. To date there has been no published academic material on the explicit link between the Paralympic Games/disability sport and conflict situations. This is despite the fact that the Paralympic Games and their forebears the Stoke Mandeville Games grew out of the rehabilitation of spinally injured military personnel at Stoke Mandeville Hospital, UK. Therefore, using a life course analysis approach, this paper will investigate this link using secondary data sources and quotations from military personnel from the four countries mentioned above. This paper aims to serve three key purposes: (i) to provide the context for the evolution (and re-emergence) of these military-paralympic links; (ii) to provide a critical review of the historical link between the military and the Paralympic Games/disability sport that includes references to secondary qualitative and quantitative data and (iii) to provide an over-arching narrative of the importance of sport for injured military personnel who are attempting to re-build their lives. In doing so, this paper will highlight the role of sport as a vehicle for military personnel who have endured life-changing trauma and are negotiating their transition within society.
|Journal||Qualitative Research in Sport, Exercise and Health|
|Publication status||Published - 10 May 2012|
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- life course