‘Just kids playing sport (in a chair)’: experiences of children, families and stakeholders attending a wheelchair sports club

Carter, Bernie, Grey, Janette, McWilliams, Elizabeth and Clair, Zoe (2014) ‘Just kids playing sport (in a chair)’: experiences of children, families and stakeholders attending a wheelchair sports club. Disability and Society, 29 (6). pp. 938-952. ISSN 0968-7599 DOI https://doi.org/10.1080/09687599.2014.880329

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Abstract

Children who use wheelchairs have few opportunities to play sport with their able-bodied peers and siblings. This appreciative, qualitative study explored the experiences of children, families and stakeholders at a wheelchair sports club. Participant observation, research activities, focus groups and interviews were used. Sixty-three people participated (37 children, 14 stakeholders, 10 parents, two older siblings). Thematic analysis identified one unifying theme (realising potential) and four main themes: invisibility of disability; ambivalence and attraction of the chair; fun and fellowship; and thrills and skills. The Cheetahs created opportunities for meaningful participation in wheelchair sports for children with and without disabilities.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: disability, child, wheelchair, sport, leisure, participation
Subjects: R Medicine > RJ Pediatrics > RJ101 Child Health. Child health services
Divisions: Nursing and Midwifery
Date Deposited: 21 Mar 2018 14:37
URI: http://repository.edgehill.ac.uk/id/eprint/10175

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