Editorial eujapa.upol.cz 

Pauli Rintala

EUJAPA 2019, 12(2) | DOI: 10.5507/euj.2019.012

This is an editorial for 2019 Volume 12, Issue 2.


A Pilot Randomised Controlled Trial to Enhance Well-Being and Performance of Athletes in Para Sports

Hannah Macdougall, Paul O’Halloran, Emma Sherry, Nora Shields

EUJAPA 2019, 12(2) | DOI: 10.5507/euj.2019.006

Existing mindfulness and acceptance-commitment programs in elite sport have ignored elite athletes with a physical disability. A pilot randomised controlled trial was conducted to determine if an eight-session mindfulness-acceptance-commitment program delivered within a motivational interviewing framework would enhance well-being in Para-Sport athletes. Eighteen Para-Sport athletes were randomly assigned to either intervention (n = 9) or waitlist control (n = 9) groups, with the intervention group attending eight 60-minute face-to-face individual sessions. Analysis of covariance showed statistically significant improvements in the primary outcomes…

Social Learning among Transplant Event Volunteers

Kwok Ng, Anna-Katriina Salmikangas

EUJAPA 2019, 12(2) | DOI: 10.5507/euj.2019.008

Volunteering in adapted sports competitions has not been studied as much as in other competitions. Survey data from volunteers in a supportive role at the European Transplant Sport Week 2016 in Finland were analysed to report the way involvement in the event increased knowledge of transplantation. Through social learning theory, the aim of the study was to report the associations between changes in knowledge, training and volunteering experience of supportive role volunteers. A representative sample of the adult volunteers (n=95, Male=35, Female=60; Disabled=31, non-Disabled=64; Mage=49.7y old, SD=16.8) responded to a web-based survey….

The relationship between sprint speed and sprint motion in amputee soccer players

Aya Miyamoto, Hirofumi Maehana, Toshio Yanagiya

EUJAPA 2019, 12(2) | DOI: 10.5507/euj.2019.009

Sprint performance plays an important role in amputee soccer. Sprint motion such as step length and frequency are generally accepted as one of the determining factors of sprint performance. However, there is a paucity of sprint motion studies. Here we sought to analyze sprint motion in outfield positioned amputee soccer players using crutches and to clarify the relationship between sprint speed and sprint motion. Twelve male Japanese outfield players participated; they performed a 30-m sprint with maximum effort. Sprint times and speeds were recorded using electronic timing gates. A high-speed video camera recorded sprint motion. The time and distance…

An evaluation of social media images portrayal of disability discourse: #amputeefitness

Fallon R. Mitchell, Sara Santarossa, Isuri L. Ramawickrama, Emily F. Rankin, Jessica A. Yaciuk, Erin R. McMahon, Paula M. van Wyk

EUJAPA 2019, 12(2) | DOI: 10.5507/euj.2019.010

The widespread use and influential impact of social media has made it increasingly important to analyze the social norms and discourses that are being presented and promoted among social media users. Thus, the purpose of this study was to examine whether the conversation and images associated with #amputeefitness on Instagram promoted the medical model discourse (i.e., a focus on aesthetic) or the social model of disability discourse (i.e., a focus on adapted physical activity). Using the Netlytic software, all publicly available Instagram media tagged with #amputeefitness were collected, and a text and image analysis were performed….

SwingPingis ‒ An innovative and norm critical physical activity aid for everyone, everywhere

Lars Kristen, Mikael Ring

EUJAPA 2019, 12(2) | DOI: 10.5507/euj.2019.013

Many children with disabilities face the risk of illness by being excluded from physical education. The purpose of this article is to investigate an open collaborative innovation that can contribute to more inclusive elements in physical education, resulting in a better quality of education for children and youths with a disability. The question asked here is whether performative, bodily, geographical, norm critical and collaborative aspects involved in the use of an innovative aid called Swing Table Tennis (SwingPingis), has any impact on teachers’ perception of inclusion and well-being for the children using the innovation. The methods used…