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The Sport Wheelchair: Set-up & Maintenance

Author Ed Owen’s expertise in wheelchair basketball spans 44 years as an athlete, coach, and author. One of his many honors was in being named the best wheelchair basketball player of all time by the National Wheelchair Basketball Association. He is also the author of the definitive resource for coaching wheelchair basketball, Playing and Coaching Wheelchair Basketball (University of Illinois Press). In the wheelchair maintenance guide, Ed addresses key aspects of keeping the sport wheelchair in tip-top competition condition.  Photographs guide users in proper maintenance techniques.


Ball Shooting: A Guide for adaptedSPORTS® Coaches

There are two ways to shoot a basketball from the wheelchair, with two hands or with one. Players who do not have the strength to shoot with one hand use a two-handed shot. This guide includes a series of drills designed to help an athlete develop their shot. Photographs are included to help illustrate proper form; and diagrams showcase options for practicing and mastering shots.


Ball Handling: A Guide for adaptedSPORTS® Coaches

This guide breaks ball handling skills for wheelchair basketball and indoor wheelchair soccer into teachable components. Each skill description addresses the goals and points that coaches should emphasize.

A series of drills is included in order to help players put the skills into actions. The five fundamental skills are: (1) dribbling, (2) the bounce stop, (3) the bounce spin, (4) ball pick-up, and (5) ball protection.  Photographs and diagrams help illustrate proper form and court positioning.


First Aid: A Guide for adaptedSPORTS® Coaches

The First Aid Guide was developed to help anyone charged with overseeing healthy athletic activities to provide a healthy, safe environment for sports activity in interscholastic adapted athletics programs.

The guide covers issues such as sports medicine goals, prevention and treatment of common athletic injuries to athletes with disabilities, and supply lists for first aid kits.

Research Articles

  • Quality of Life and Psychological Affect Related to Sport Participation in Children and Youth Athletes with Physical Disabilities: A Parent and Athlete Perspective –  Deborah R. Shapiro, Ph.D.a,, and Laurie A. Malone, Ph.D.b – Shapiro & Malone 2016

  • Multidimensional Physical Self-Concept of Athletes With Physical Disabilities – Deborah R. Shapiro,  Georgia State University and Jeffrey J. Martin, Wayne State University – Shapiro & Martin 2010a

  • The Relationships Among Sport Self-Perceptions and Social Well-Being in Athletes with Physical Disabilities – Deborah R. Shapiro, Ph.D.a,  and Jeffery J. Martin, Ph.D.b  – Shapiro & Martin, 2014