Improvement of the classification system for wheelchair rugby

Athlete priorities

Viola C. Altmann, Jacques Van Limbeek, Anne L Hart, Yves C. Vanlandewijck

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Abstract

A representative sample (N = 302) of the wheelchair rugby population responded to a survey about the classification system based on prioritized items by International Wheelchair Rugby Federation members. Respondents stated, “The classification system is accurate but needs adjustments” (56%), “Any athlete with tetraequivalent impairment should be allowed to compete” (72%), “Athletes with cerebral palsy and other coordination impairments should be classified with a system different than the current one” (75%), and “The maximal value for trunk should be increased from 1.0 to 1.5” (67%). A minority stated, “Wheelchair rugby should only be open to spinal cord injury and other neurological conditions” (36%) and “There should be a 4.0 class” (33%). Results strongly indicated that athletes and stakeholders want adjustments to the classification system in two areas: a focus on evaluation of athletes with impairments other than loss of muscle power caused by spinal cord injury and changes in classification of trunk impairment.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)377-389
Number of pages13
JournalAdapted Physical Activity Quarterly
Volume31
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 1 2014

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Keywords

  • Paralympics
  • Physical disabilities
  • Self-determination
  • Self-regulation
  • Wheelchair sport

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation
  • Medicine(all)

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Improvement of the classification system for wheelchair rugby : Athlete priorities. / Altmann, Viola C.; Van Limbeek, Jacques; Hart, Anne L; Vanlandewijck, Yves C.

In: Adapted Physical Activity Quarterly, Vol. 31, No. 4, 01.10.2014, p. 377-389.

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Altmann, Viola C. ; Van Limbeek, Jacques ; Hart, Anne L ; Vanlandewijck, Yves C. / Improvement of the classification system for wheelchair rugby : Athlete priorities. In: Adapted Physical Activity Quarterly. 2014 ; Vol. 31, No. 4. pp. 377-389.
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