Personal Meaning of Wheelchair Rugby Participation by Five Male Athletes

Authors

  • Lyn G. Litchke
  • Jan S. Hodges
  • Eric A. Schmidt
  • Lisa K. Lloyd
  • Emily Payne
  • Christopher J. Russian

Keywords:

Athlete identity, physical health, tetraplegia, well-being, wheelchair rugby

Abstract

This phenomenological study explored the meaning of wheelchair rugby participation as expressed by five athletes. Themes emerged from their stories about perceived positive outcomes in physical health, psychosocial well-being, expression of an athlete identity, and hold meaning related to playing a full contact sport. The study findings demonstrate the importance and value of sport participation for persons with tetraplegia. These findings support the use of adapted sport as an impactful intervention when working with persons with spinal cord injury.

Published

2012-03-30

Issue

Section

Research Papers