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Paralympic policies


Paralympic policies focusses on understanding the factors optimising the successful development of elite Paralympic athletes.



Patatas, J., De Bosscher, V*., Derom, I., Winckler, C. (2020). Stakeholders perceptions of athletic career pathways in paralmpic sport: from participation to excellence. Sport in Society.                                            

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Patatas, J. M., De Bosscher, V.*, Derom, I., & De Rycke, J. (2020). Managing parasport: An investigation of sport policy factors and stakeholders influencing para-athletes’ career pathways. Sport Management Review, 23, 937–951.

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Patatas, J., De Bosscher, V*., De Cocq, S., Jacobs, S. D. & Legg, D. (2019, online published; 2021). Towards a System Theoretical Understanding of the Parasport Context. Special issue, The Uniqueness of the Sport Context, Journal of Global Sport Management, 6, Issue 1.

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Patatas, J., De Bosscher, V.*, Legg, D. (2018) Understanding parasport: an analysis of the differences between able-bodied and parasport from a sport policy perspective. International Journal of Sport Policy and Politics, 10 (2), 235-254.

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Okada, A., Tanaka, N., De Bosscher V., De Knop, P., Nogawa, H. (2014). Research on the future prospects of international success of Disability Elite Sports in Japan: Establishment of the SPLISS model for disability sports. SSFスポーツ政策研究, SSF Journal of Sport for Everyone, 3 (1):38-47. ISSN: 2186-9707


Legg, D., De Bosscher, V., Shibli, S., Van Bottenburg, M.  (2011). What is the Ideal Paralympic Sport System? Future research directions. ICSSPE Bulletin, No. 61, Special issue 'Essays on the Paralympic Movement: Certainties and Doubts', pp. 52-63

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