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The Paralympic Games Explained

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Table of Contents

1. The History and Development of the Paralympic Games 2. The Olympic Movement and the Paralympic Games 3. The Governance of Paralympic Sport 4. Disability and the Body 5. The Broader Social Issues of Disability within Society and their Impact on Sports Participation 6. Media, Marketing and Disability Sport 7. Major Issues within the Paralympic Movement 8. The Under Representation of Women and Athletes with High Support Needs at the Paralympic Games 9. International Perspectives on Paralympic Participation 10. Special Olympics, Intellectual Disability and the Paralympic Games. Bibliography. Index.

About the Author

Dr Ian Brittain has formerly been an Executive Board member of the International Stoke Mandeville Wheelchair Sports Federation and was the Sports Co-ordinator for the International Wheelchair and Amputee Sports Federation World Games in Rio de Janiero. He has attended the last three Summer Paralympic Games in Sydney, Athens and Beijing. His research focuses upon sociological, historical and sports management aspects of Paralympic and disability sport.


'A remarkable book', Olympic Review 'This would be a useful introductory resource for those interested in disability studies, particularly if coupled with a general history of the subject. Summing Up: Recommended', Choice, May 2010 'This clearly printed and presented book is not merely well researched, indexed and referenced, it is an 'easy read' ... I would recommend this book to anyone wanting to know the story and background to the origins and development of the Paralymic Games', Bernard Atha, Chair of the UK Sports Association for People with Intellectual Disabilities

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