Loughborough University
Browse
IJSM-06-2022-9645-tt.R2_Proof_hi.pdf (463.26 kB)

Stakeholders' consensus to guide the minimum impairment criteria in wheelchair basketball

Download (463.26 kB)
journal contribution
posted on 2023-05-05, 14:59 authored by Michael Hutchinson, Barry Mason, Vicky Goosey-TolfreyVicky Goosey-Tolfrey

The International Paralympic Committee athlete classification code mandates sports to have defined minimum impairment criteria, describing the minimum level of an eligible impairment an athlete must possess, to be able to participate in that sport. The aim of this study was to establish stakeholders’ consensus for the minimum impairment criteria in wheelchair basketball. From a pool of 48 expert stakeholders (identified via an international medical and scientific working group), 39 completed a 4-round Delphi survey. Questions were answered on the method of assessing each eligible impairment, and the level of impairment that should constitute the minimum impairment criteria. This study indicated where stakeholder consensus existed and noted that consensus was developed for impaired muscle power, impaired passive range of motion, leg length difference, hypertonia and ataxia. No consensus was found for limb deficiency and athetosis. Participants raised concerns with using subjective measurement scales for assessing certain impairments, whilst also calling for more quantitative research to be conducted into the level of impairment that should constitute the minimum impairment criteria. For these research findings to form practical minimum impairment criteria that are part of a wheelchair basketball classification system, it is required to examine their feasibility by conducting further research.

Funding

International Wheelchair Basketball Federation

British Wheelchair Basketball Federation

Peter Harrison Foundation

History

School

  • Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences

Published in

International Journal of Sports Medicine

Volume

44

Issue

5

Pages

361-368

Publisher

Thieme Publishing

Version

  • AM (Accepted Manuscript)

Rights holder

© Thieme

Publisher statement

This paper was accepted for publication in the International Journal of Sports Medicine published by Thieme Publishing. The final publication is available at https://doi.org/10.1055/a-2003-0429.

Acceptance date

2022-12-21

Publication date

2022-12-21

Copyright date

2022

ISSN

0172-4622

eISSN

1439-3964

Language

  • en

Depositor

Prof Vicky Tolfrey. Deposit date: 21 December 2022

Usage metrics

    Loughborough Publications

    Exports

    RefWorks
    BibTeX
    Ref. manager
    Endnote
    DataCite
    NLM
    DC