The Keys to Working in Paralympic Sport Webinar

The Keys to Working in Paralympic Sport Webinar

The Keys to Working in Paralympic Sport. Building Your Practice as a Sports Science Professional Webinar

Paralympic athletes compete in six different disability groups—amputee, cerebral palsy, visual impairment, spinal cord injuries, intellectual disability, and “les autres” (athletes whose disability does not fit into one of the other categories, including dwarfism). Within each group, athletes are further divided into classes for competition on the basis of the type and extent of their disabilities. Paralympic athletes are some of the most resilient people on the planet. Like all elite athletes they handle brutal training and competition schedules, early mornings or late nights, travel, injuries, media expectations and falling short of goals but they also have had to overcome their disability and the challenges that come from it - physical, mental, emotional and social. When working with athletes with a disability there are many similarities to their able-bodied counterparts including nutrition, hydration, recovery, sleep, training periodisation and tapering to name a few. However, there are also a series of fundamental things to consider and it is imperative that coaches and support personnel are across these considerations in order to build strong and trusting relationships. Understanding each disability group is one of the considerations of working with Paralympic athletes. For example, the athlete with cerebral palsy (CP) presents a unique challenge to the sports physician.

The complex interaction between primary neurologic impairment, secondary consequences of impairment, specific medical challenges and participation in elite sport requires integrated management. Having an in-depth understanding of the classification system is another unique consideration when working with Paralympic athletes. To ensure competition is fair and equal, all Paralympic sports have a system in place which ensures that winning is determined by skill, fitness, power, endurance, tactical ability and mental focus, the same factors that account for success in sport for able-bodied athletes. For example, in swimming there are 10 separate classes for athletes with a physical disability, three separate classes for athletes with a visual disability and one class for athletes with an intellectual disability. Finally, there are a series of mental, emotional and social considerations that must be understood when working with Paralympic athletes. This includes being sensitive to how the disability of an individual was acquired, what the vulnerabilities of an individual are and how embedded they are within society.

Presented by Dr Sacha Fulton, PhD

Dr Sacha Fulton is the owner of Peak Preparation, a Sport Science consulting business for sub elite and elite athletes, in Perth, Western Australia. Sacha is passionate about sport and helping athletes unlock their potential to reach their goals.

Sacha completed her PhD in 2008 with Swimming Australia and the Australian Institute of Sport. She worked concurrently as the Sport Scientist for the Australian Paralympic Swimming team, accompanying them to the Beijing Paralympic Games in 2008 and the London Paralympic Games in 2012. In 2009 Sacha gained employment at the Western Australian Institute of Sport. She worked with the Institute for over nine years assisting in the athletic improvement of Olympic and aspiring Olympic hopefuls.

Sacha is a keen athlete herself having represented Australia at the IM triathlon World Championships in Kona, Hawaii and completing the Rottnest Island Channel crossing on five occasions. Sacha is an adventure enthusiast and is a keen traveller within Australia and overseas.

Sacha enjoys working with high school students and helping them unlock their potential both on the sporting field and in the classroom. She believes that how an elite athlete prepares for competition is no different to how a student can prepare for exams.

Powerful and exciting strategic lessons can be learnt from the field of Sport Science and easily applied to improve business and organisation team performance. Sacha works with businesses to explain the sporting practices of elite athletes and how the corporate world can design and implement these performance strategies to support individuals and teams to better achieve their goals. 


Friday, 26 November 2021
12:00pm - 1:30pm  AEDT

Please note, the times listed are in Australian Eastern Daylight Savings Time. 
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  9:00am - 10:30am

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