Women, disability, and sport and physical fitness activity: The intersection of gender and disability dynamics
This study explores the often overlooked experiences of women with physical disabilities in the sport and physical fitness activity domain. Interviews with 16 women with a physical disability (age range of 19–54 years) revealed the following major themes: (a) participation in fitness-related as opposed to sport-related activities, (b) participation to maintain the functional level of the body and preserve existing capabilities, (c) intrinsic nature of gains derived from participation (perceived competence, enhanced view of body, motivational outlet, control in life), and (d) perceived differences in the sport and physical fitness activity experiences of men and women with disabilities. Findings support the notion that gender and disability interact in the sport and physical fitness context for women with physical disabilities.
Disability discrimination, Participation motives, Participation outcomes, Sexism
Blinde, Elaine M., and Sarah G. McCallister. "Women, disability, and sport and physical fitness activity: The intersection of gender and disability dynamics." Research quarterly for exercise and sport 70, no. 3 (1999): 303-312.
Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport