The aim of this chapter is to look at some of the key points in the history and development of the Paralympic Games from their early beginnings as a rehabilitation and awareness raising event as the Stoke Mandeville Games to them becoming the second largest multi-sport event on the planet after the Olympic Games. In order to do this I have split this history into four time periods that cover what I perceive to be the key phases in the conception and development of the Paralympic Games. Given that I will not be able to cover every issue that has played a part in the development of the Paralympic Games over the last seventy years I have tried to select what I consider the things that have had the biggest impact in each of the four time periods selected.
|Title of host publication||The Palgrave Handbook of Paralympic Studies|
|Editors||Ian Brittain, Aaron Beacom|
|Place of Publication||United Kingdom|
|Publisher||Palgrave Macmillan UK|
|Number of pages||26|
|Publication status||Published - 31 Jan 2018|