Posts Tagged 'sport'

Super Bowl Commercials

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I am sure that you were one of the 114 million people that watched the Super Bowl. If not, it’s OK, it will happen again next year around the same time. What may also be around or not are some of the commercials that featured people with disabilities.

Posted by Bob Lujano Feb 04, 2015 Posted in Disability No Comments

ECAC’s announcement opens door for role models

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Last week, the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) adopted what it called “an inclusive sport strategy” that will provide opportunities for student-athletes with disabilities to compete in intercollegiate sports. The ECAC member institutions compete in Division I, II, and III levels of college sports.

Posted by Josh pate Jan 28, 2015 Posted in Disability 1 Comment

It’s a Beautiful Day!

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Did you hear that sound? It is the sound of change. I am not talking about the seasons that are denoted by a change in weather and temperature. But something has changed in our culture and more importantly our mindset.

Posted by Bob Lujano Jan 22, 2015 Posted in Disability No Comments

Isn’t this Inclusion?

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I often fill this space with analogies and examples from the undergraduate sport sociology course that I teach at James Madison University. I do that because that educational setting is representative of the rate at which society is slowly—but surely—educating itself on disability matters as the disability rights movement unfolds before our very eyes.

Posted by Josh pate Dec 04, 2014 Posted in Disability No Comments

Remember the Guinness Commercial?

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Back on September 13, 2013, is when I first saw the Guinness commercial that featured a person with a disability playing wheelchair basketball with some of his friends without a disability. Almost immediately I knew this commercial was going to be talked about for a long time, as well as make me want to have a drink.

Posted by Bob Lujano Dec 02, 2014 Posted in Disability No Comments

Tackling Anxiety With Exercise

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According to statistics, anxiety is one of the most common mental illnesses in the world, affecting more than 40 million adults in the United States alone.

The typical causes of anxiety include personality, brain chemistry, life events, genetics, and the disorder is also frequently linked with depression, which I discussed in my last blog post.

Posted by Henry Croft Sep 09, 2014 Posted in Disability 1 Comment

Raising a new generation of Ability thinkers?

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A new generation of Ability Thinkers – what will it take to make lasting change?  As I ponder this thought, it is with windows open on a 70 degree night in January in St. Louis!  That is crazy and really unheard of!  Almost as crazy as a world where we can someday imagine that kids/adults with disabilities are treated no differently than those without disabilities.

What will it take to get us there as a nation and a world?

Posted by Heather Pennington Jan 31, 2013 Posted in Disability 2 Comments

The Simplicity of Sport

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The coach and athlete of today now have a wealth of information at their fingertips to support their goal of developing athletic ability. This information may be derived from academic journals or coffee -table magazines, perhaps it is gleaned from internet chatlines or from credible sources organizations like NCPAD, but wherever it comes from sorting the kernel from the chafe requires skill and pragmatism. The phrase “A little knowledge could be a dangerous thing” is a necessary and cautionary reminder that not every piece of coaching wisdom is well conceived or suitable for your special needs athlete.  There is certainly a danger in over-analyzing every single possible risk, benefit, sports tactic, counter tactic, etc, and you may find your head is whirring with contradictory ideas; sports psychologists might suggest that you are in a state of “analysis – paralysis.”

Posted by guest Sep 13, 2011 Posted in Uncategorized No Comments

Age before Need: A Flawed Premise?

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Ask a teacher or coach this question: When is a special needs athlete ready for competitive sports? The answers may surprise you for they can reveal the coaches’ sports philosophy, personal beliefs, and maybe even hint at a bias about the capabilities of the athletes they work with. Some coaches believe that the earlier an athlete starts competition the better they will be prepared for challenges later in their sporting lives.  Other coaches – myself included – believe that such a decision is best determined by assessing each athlete’s capabilities (physical and intellectual) and their interests in competition; not by their age. I do not view chronology as a good predictor of athletic readiness.

Posted by guest May 25, 2011 Posted in Uncategorized 2 Comments

Special needs athletes and soccer: When rules ignore needs

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Parents of special needs athletes, deciding that now is the time for their child to enjoy the benefits of school or community sports, will seek ways to find the right environment for their child. They will look for programs that encourage inclusion, promote their child’s sports development and have coaches that understand that their child may learn, think or behave in different ways.  My recent experience attempting to enroll my son in community soccer shows that unfortunately things do not always follow this script.

Posted by guest May 09, 2011 Posted in Uncategorized No Comments