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The specificity of injuries in Paralympics sport


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Introduction: The modern Paralympics Movement covers people with physical impairments, cerebral palsy, blind, visual impaired and people with intellectual disabilities with borderline intellectual functioning. Sports injuries are some of the risk of Paralympics sport. Injuries are integral part of sport for persons with and without disabilities. The role of experts is to eliminate all the risk associated with injuries in sport. The aim of this study was to characterize the injuries occurring in Paralympics sport. Material and methods: The polish and foreign literature were reviewed in terms of sports injuries in different Paralympics sport disciplines. Results: The review of literature shows that the prevalence of injuries in almost all Paralympics disciplines is very common. The results confirm that the Paralympics athletes similarly as Olympics athletes are exposed to sports injuries, but in the majority of sports injuries are not associated with long-term convalescence. In the Paralympics sport dominate minor injuries, which consequence is a break in training, not exceeding 7 days. The studies prove the trend of reducing the number of injuries in the wheelchair disciplines, which is probably related to a change in the rules of the game and technological progress.Conclusions: A critical view of problems of injuries in sport for persons with disabilities confirms the absence of implementation new testing methods. Most of the research have been carried out in 90s, and only few studies from the last decade generally confirm previous reports. It is also necessary to make clear the methods of prevention and to determine the mechanisms of sports injuries.









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  • Katedra Teorii i Metodyki Nauczania Ruchu, Wydział Rehabilitacji, Akademia Wychowania Fizycznego Józefa Piłsudskiego w Warszawie
  • Katedra Teorii i Metodyki Nauczania Ruchu, Wydział Rehabilitacji, Akademia Wychowania Fizycznego Józefa Piłsudskiego w Warszawie


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