“If I ever did one good thing in my medical career it was to introduce sport into the treatment and rehabilitation of disabled people”, are the famous words of Professor Sir Ludwig Guttmann, a Jewish neurosurgeon and pioneer of the Paralympic movement. On this week's episode, Prof. David Howe, a decorated 4-time Paralympian and social anthropologist in the field of disability sport guides us through the social history of the Paralympic movement. Tune in, as Prof. Howe shares with us his unique journey from being an elite athlete to academic expert, as well as his critical examination of the evolution of the Paralympic movement from platform of rehabilitation for people with disabilities to its current focus on elite-performance, and the complex tensions that have arisen because of this.
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