The Role of Gender in Participation in Disability Sport
By Ian Brittain
Gender appears to play a key role in participation rates amongst persons with disabilities. This can be partially accounted for by the fact that more men are permanently injured through accidents while more women have chronic disabling conditions that are not accident related (Grimes and French, 1987). Thierfeld and Gibbons (1986) showed that in competitive sports considerably fewer women are involved than men. They suggest that this is due to the fact that men do more dangerous things. They are more daring, have more accidents and become disabled. However, according to many authors, the problem goes much deeper than that. Huang (2005), Olenik (1999) and Guthrie (1999), to name but a few, all discuss the problems persons with disabilities, and women with disabilities in particular, face in any attempts to become involved in any kind of sporting activity.
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Published June 7th, 2012