Paralympic Games

Paralympic Games  
Prepared by  Prepared by: Christine May, Librarian, Clearinghouse for Sport, Sport Australia (formerly Australian Sports Commission)
evaluated by  Evaluation by: Tony Naar, Facilitator, Australian Paralympic History Project (March 2017), Australian Paralympic Committee (March 2018).
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Last updated  Last updated: 6 June 2018
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Introduction

The Paralympic Games, held every 4 years—Winter and Summer Games respectively, are one of the largest sporting celebrations in the world.

The Games involve thousands of elite athletes with a range of human performance challenges including impaired muscle power (e.g. paraplegia and quadriplegia, muscular dystrophy, post-polio syndrome, spina bifida), impaired passive range of movement, limb deficiency (e.g. amputation or dysmelia), leg length difference, short stature, hypertonia, ataxia, athetosis, vision impairment and intellectual impairment. [source: Paralympic GamesWikipedia, accessed 16 February 2017] 

 Paralympians play an important role in changing community perceptions of people with disabilities.




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