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Sports-Wear in Wheelchair Rugby: Establishing Design Needs

  • Sara BragancaEmail author
  • James Steele
  • Simeon Gill
  • Miguel Carvalho
  • Pedro Arezes
Conference paper
Part of the Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing book series (AISC, volume 587)

Abstract

This paper reports the findings of a preliminary study that intended to understand how wheelchair rugby athletes feel about the clothing they wear while playing the sport and how the available clothes make them feel. 61 non-professional wheelchair rugby players from 21 different teams/clubs in the United Kingdom participated in this study. To understand the players’ opinions, this study consisted of a mixed-method approach, with data collected through a focus group and a questionnaire. The results show that, on top of the lack of availability of sports-wear for this specific sport, which compromises the athletes’ satisfaction, comfort and performance, there is also a need on the part of the athletes for this type of specialized equipment. This study showed that there is a need for this type of sports-wear, hence the importance to act and develop more specialized garments to satisfy this population not just in terms of safety, comfort and performance but also in terms of inclusivity.

Keywords

Sports-wear Wheelchair rugby Inclusivity Inclusive design 

Notes

Acknowledgments

The authors wish to acknowledge the commitment of the participants of this study. This study had the financial support of FCT - Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia of Portugal under the projects UID/CEC/00319/2013 and UID/CTM/000264; and FEDER funds through the Competitive Factors Operational Program (COMPETE) POCI-01-0145-FEDER-007136

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Sara Braganca
    • 1
    Email author
  • James Steele
    • 1
  • Simeon Gill
    • 2
  • Miguel Carvalho
    • 3
  • Pedro Arezes
    • 3
  1. 1.Southampton Solent UniversitySouthamptonUK
  2. 2.University of ManchesterManchesterUK
  3. 3.University of MinhoGuimaraesPortugal

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