Chichester, England ; Hoboken, NJ : John Wiley & Sons, c2008.
xx, 281 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
Includes bibliographical references (p. -271) and index.
A showcase of ability -- An air of hopelessness -- The era of development 1960 to 1980 -- Fair, not equal : 1980 to 1988 -- Building bridges not walls : 1988 to 1992 -- Spirit in motion: 1992 to 1996 -- Repair what needs repair? 1996 to 2000.
"Today the Paralympic Movement is recognised as a global sporting phenomenon attracting thousands of athletes from an ever-increasing number of countries. Athlete First provides a thoroughly researched history and analysis of the Paralympic Movement, including the development and organisation of the international Paralympic Committee. As well as recounting factual achievements and events, the book examines the position of sport and international competition for people with a disability within their changing historical context and in relation to the Olympic Movement and able-bodied sport." "Written in an accessible style by a recognised historian Athlete First will prove invaluable to researchers and professionals involved in the field of sport and disability as well as sport scientists and physical education specialists with an interest in sports history."--BOOK JACKET.