Perceptions of disability and their impact upon involvement in sport for people with disabilities at all levels

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Abstract

The introduction of the social model of disability has attempted to move the spotlight of research away from the medical model theories of disability toward an investigation of the impacts of societal perceptions of disability upon people with disabilities. This article attempts to look at the impacts of societal perceptions of disability and disability sport, which in the main remain grounded in the medical model approach, upon people with disabilities in their attempts to become involved in and progress in their chosen sport. It also looks at the propensity for media coverage to recreate and reinforce many of the perceptions of disability present within the medical model approach to disability.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)429-452
Number of pages24
JournalJournal of Sport and Social Issues
Volume28
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2004
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Disability
  • Media
  • Medical model
  • Perception
  • Social construction
  • Social model
  • Sport

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science

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