Loughborough University
Leicestershire, UK
LE11 3TU
+44 (0)1509 263171
Loughborough University

Loughborough University Institutional Repository

Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/18968

Title: The psychosocial impact of wheelchair tennis on participants from developing countries
Authors: Richardson, Emma V.
Papathomas, Anthony
Smith, Brett M.
Goosey-Tolfrey, Victoria L.
Keywords: Culture
Social impact
Issue Date: 2017
Publisher: © Taylor & Francis.
Citation: RICHARDSON, E.V. ... et al., 2017. The psychosocial impact of wheelchair tennis on participants from developing countries. Disability and Rehabilitation, 39 (2), pp.193-200.
Abstract: Purpose: Individuals with physical disabilities in developing countries can experience many instances of psychosocial hardship. Although scholars have suggested that participation in sport can positively impact psychosocial health, few studies have explored this phenomenon within the disabled population of developing nations. Methods: Sixteen wheelchair tennis players were recruited across six developing countries and interviewed in regards to their experiences. Data were collected using semi-structured interviews, transcribed verbatim and subject to thematic analysis. Results: Wheelchair tennis players perceived their participation in sport enhanced their psychosocial well-being. Three broad themes emerged from analysis of the interviews; (1) developed transferrable skills, (2) perceived personal growth and (3) benefits of an athletic identity. Conclusions: Sports participation, in this case wheelchair tennis, may be a viable means to promote psychosocial well-being in disabled populations within developing nations. Moreover, sport holds the potential to challenge negative perceptions of disability at an individual and societal level within these cultures.Implication for RehabilitationIndividuals with physical disabilities in developing countries may experience psychosocial hardship and cultural stigma.Wheelchair sport may be a viable means to enhance psychosocial well-being in this population.Skills learnt “on court” are transferrable to everyday life potentially improving independence and quality of life.Identifying as an athlete can challenge negative cultural perceptions of disability.
Description: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Disability and Rehabilitation on 5th Aug 2015, available online: http://dx.doi.org/10.3109/09638288.2015.1073372
Sponsor: This study was partially supported by the Wheelchair Tennis Development Fund by way of a student bursary.
Version: Accepted for publication
DOI: 10.3109/09638288.2015.1073372
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/18968
Publisher Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.3109/09638288.2015.1073372
ISSN: 0963-8288
Appears in Collections:Published Articles (Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences)

Files associated with this item:

File Description SizeFormat
The Psychosocial Impact of Wheelchair Tennis on Participants from Developing Countries.pdfAccepted version59.53 kBAdobe PDFView/Open


SFX Query

Items in DSpace are protected by copyright, with all rights reserved, unless otherwise indicated.