Academic journal article Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport

Motives of Male Athletes with Lower Limb Paralysis for Participating in the Organized Sport of Powerlifting

Academic journal article Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport

Motives of Male Athletes with Lower Limb Paralysis for Participating in the Organized Sport of Powerlifting

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Cindy K. Piletic, University of Wisconsin-Platteville, and Jean Pyfer Texas Woman's University

Powerlifting is an individual sport that inherently results in bodily changes in the individual training for the sport. In an effort to examine the aspects of the body and how it is presented by men with a disability, the focus of this research was on: (a) Why do men with lower limb paralysis participate in powerlifting and what factors are involved in the rationale given for participating in the sport? (b) How do men with lower limb paralysis perceived their physical self and how does this perception affect their presentation of self to others? and (c) How does society's definition of masculinity impact men s participation in sport and their perception of their physical self? Therefore, the purpose of the study was to determine why men with lower limb paralysis participate in the organized sport of powerlifting. The participants of the study included 12 men with lower limb paralysis who were elite male powerlifters. The types of lower limb paralysis represented by the participants included: (a) spinal cord i njury, (b) spina bifida, and (c) post polio. The mean age for the participants was 34.5 years. The participants of the study were interviewed and observed during a powerlifting competition held in Chicago, IL in June of 1998. The results of the study revealed that men with lower limb paralysis support 10 different themes that appear to impact their motives for participating in the sport of powerlifting. …

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