Special Olympics: Athletes’ perspectives, choices and motives

Everett, Jordan, Lock, Adele, Boggis, Allison and Georgiadis, Manos (2019) Special Olympics: Athletes’ perspectives, choices and motives. British Journal of Learning Disabilities. ISSN 1354-4187

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Abstract

1.1 Background
In the past, academic literature and research relating to the Special Olympics (SO) have focused mainly on the parents', professionals' and coaches' views, with some concentrating on the effects of SO on athletes' quality of life. Relatively little has concentrated on the athlete's own perspectives. Therefore, this study set out to examine the under‐researched area of SO athletes' opinions of taking part in sporting activities and their satisfaction during training and competition.

1.2 Materials and Methods
Five athletes from one SO athletic club agreed to take part in the study. Thematic analysis was used for generating themes in relation to participants' responses.

1.3 Results
Four themes were identified: (a) platform for voice; (b) intense emotions; (c) social reasons to participate; and (d) nutrition, health and sport.

1.4 Conclusions
SO athletes' views suggest the need for changes in practice during training and competition. Recommendations are made with the view to further support SO athletes' needs.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Special Olympics, Olympics, exercise, opinions
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
L Education > L Education (General)
Q Science > QP Physiology
Divisions: Faculty of Arts, Business & Applied Social Science > Suffolk Business School
Depositing User: David Upson-Dale
Date Deposited: 25 Sep 2019 07:26
Last Modified: 25 Sep 2019 07:26
URI: http://oars.uos.ac.uk/id/eprint/1030

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