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1/2018
vol. 19
 
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Considering values in the sport experiences of wheelchair basketball players

Krzysztof Pezdek
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University School of Physical Education in Wrocław, Wrocław, Poland
Online publish date: 2018/04/12
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Purpose
The paper aims to discuss a diversity of sport experiences in individuals with physical disabilities who are members of a wheelchair basketball club. The sample of the study consisted of 10 males with physical disabilities (aged 18–40 years).

Methods
The study used in-depth interviews, and a systems method was applied to analyse the interview data. The method allows for examining sport as a value which is neither fully autonomous nor predetermined.

Results
Despite the differences in the sample, it can be assumed that players with physical disabilities experience sport in similar ways. However, their experiences may differ in terms of kinds, forms, contents, positions, and functions of sport. This diversity represents the dynamics of relations, interactions, and interdependences among values in the participants’ respective axiological systems. Besides, it also reflects the ways in which the participants perceive themselves in the context of multiple practices of daily life.

Conclusions
An essential difference between the experience of players from various countries may therefore lie chiefly in the context (e.g. social, economic, political) in which players function and in which they realize particular values. Further research should take this context into account and investigate in particular its dependencies and relations with other values, such as health, physical ability, work, education, etc. Also, research concerning how sport is experienced from the perspective of different types and levels of disability or from the perspective of gender could prove interesting.

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sport, values, individuals with physical disabilities

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