What is it about?
This article examines the adapted sport of power soccer, or powerchair football, the first competitive team sport for motorized wheelchair users. Results from in-depth interviews with over 30 athletes from around the United States reveal that participants enjoy a wide array of psychological, emotional and sociological benefits.
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Why is it important?
Power soccer is the first competitive team sport developed exclusively for motorized wheelchair users. Motorized wheelchair users have historically been excluded from not only sports in general, but also previous adapted sports designed for paraplegics. Power soccer finally provides the opportunity to participate and adopt the athlete identity, making it an ideal context to perform qualitative research.
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This page is a summary of: Opportunities and Benefits for Powerchair Users Through Power Soccer, Adapted Physical Activity Quarterly, July 2017, Human Kinetics, DOI: 10.1123/apaq.2016-0022.
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Women of Power Soccer
Article published in Sport in Society that looks at the intersection of gender in the adapted sport of Power Soccer. Link to full-text PDF on Researchgate.
Communication, Sport and Disability: The Case of Power Soccer
Link to Routledge book page for this ethnographic case study that spans over 6 years and tells the stories of 35 athletes.
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