Research Study: Sport Specialization in Disability Sport

Sport Specialization in Disability Sport: A Retrospective Narrative Approach

Early sport specialization in childhood and early adolescence continues to gain in popularity despite its well-known physiological and psychosocial health risks. However, the vast majority of this research has been conducted in able-bodied sport, while less is known about the developmental experiences of athletes as they specialize in disability or parasport.

The purpose of this Honours research study is to better understand the developmental experiences of athletes with a physical disability as they specialize in parasport. Participation in this study involves completing a short online questionnaire followed by a virtual interview.

To take part in this study, you must:

  • be between the ages of 18-30
  • have a physical disability
  • have participated (or are participating) in parasport at an elite* level

*For this study, “elite” encompasses both national and provincial level athletes

If you meet these criteria and are interested in learning more about the study, please review the consent form at the following link:

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Anna Brogan
Student Researcher
School of Kinesiology, Acadia University

Dr. Matthew Vierimaa
Assistant Professor
School of Kinesiology, Acadia University