Palaestra

This magazine focuses on sports, physical education and recreation for individuals with disabilities. It features articles on the activities of various disability sports organizations and all aspects of human anatomy, kinesiology, psychology and sociology that can be applied to training, skill technique and physical education.

Articles from Vol. 7, No. 4, Summer

A Comparison of Participation Incentives between Adult and Youth Wheelchair Basketball Players
Among those who regularly participate in competitive sport, individuals who have permanent physical disabilities may benefit in special ways. Timothy J. Nugent, retired director and founder of the University of Illinois Rehabilitation-Education Center,...
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Adaptive Rowing as a Therapeutic and Athletic Outlet for Persons with Disabilities
Prologue Rowing is an intense, solitary, strangely compelling, and thoroughly demanding physical activity and competitive sport that only seems to beckon to the proverbial one-in-a-million. And yet, as the 1990s dawn, rowing seems to be beckoning...
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Age Eligibility in High School Athletics: When State Laws and Federal Regulations Clash
Clara Glass, 19, is currently a senior year student at the Pinellas Park High School, Largo, Florida. Unlike the two previous years, Clara, who is mildly retarded, was denied the opportunity to participate with her high school swim team because she...
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An Historic Accomplishment - the First Blind Person to Hike the Appalachian Trail
On November 21, 1990--the day before Thanksgiving--Bill Irwin, 50, arrived at the base of Mount Katahdin in Maine's Baxter State Park, thus completing a walk of the footpath known as the Appalachian Trail. Irwin's goal of hiking the entire Trail began...
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A Summer Camp Diary - an Educational Adventure
This diary format narrative has been employed to underscore major thrusts of the article. First, reactions of an untrained physical educator (with disabilities, that is) to working with children who have disabilities. Second, use of creativity and...
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Eat Those Veggies!
"I have trouble digesting vegetables such as tomatoes and brocolli. I know I should eat more, but my system cannot handle them." ". . . I hate the steam-table vegetables served at school. They are cooked to mush so I do not bother to eat them."...
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Kenny Carnes
As a youth Kenny was an aspiring athlete. At age 12 he began to focus his energy on motorcycle racing. By the time Kenny was sixteen he had achieved recognition as the East Coast Champion in the 125cc motorcross. Within the next year Kenny was chosen...
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Participation of Hemiplegics in Sport
Sport has been defined as "any physical activity which has the character of play and which involves a struggle with oneself or with others, or a confrontation with natural elements" (Guttmann, 1976). If this activity involves a competition, it must...
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Sexuality Education for Persons with Developmental Disabilities: A Cooperative Approach
One of the basic needs of life for all people, including those who are disabled, is understanding one's own sexuality. Sexuality education can help individuals with developmental disabilities find sexual satisfaction, foster responsibility, maturity,...
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Whitewater Rafting: An Outdoor Adventure Activity for Individuals with Mental Retardation
They watch anxiously from the boat ramps as other rafts launch into the river. Their concentration seems to make them oblivious to icy cold water around their legs. They listen intently as their river guide explains technical maneuvers necessary...
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