Denmark at the 1972 Summer Paralympics
|Denmark at the Paralympic Games|
|At the 1972 Summer Paralympics in Heidelberg|
Disability classifications[change | change source]
Athletes at the Paralympics in 1972 were all afflicted by spinal cord injuries and required the use of a wheelchair. This is different from later Paralympics that include events for participants that fit into any of five different disability categories; amputation, either congenital or sustained through injury or illness; cerebral palsy; wheelchair athletes; visual impairment, including blindness; Les autres, any physical disability that does not fall strictly under one of the other categories, for example dwarfism or multiple sclerosis. Each Paralympic sport then has its own classifications, dependent upon the specific physical demands of competition. Events are given a code, made of numbers and letters, describing the type of event and classification of the athletes competing.
References[change | change source]
- "Participants Heidelberg 1972 Paralympic Games". International Paralympic Committee. 1972. Retrieved 27 May 2011.
- "Paralympic Games". International Paralympic Committee. Retrieved 29 May 2011.
- "Paralympics categories explained". ABC. 3 September 2008. Retrieved 27 May 2011.
- "Making sense of the categories". BBC Sport. 6 October 2000. Retrieved 27 May 2011.
- "A-Z of Paralympic classification". BBC Sport. 28 August 2008. Retrieved 27 May 2011.