Education, disability and sport-therapy: from Paralympics to health for all


  • Daniela Masala
  • Valeria D'Egidio
  • Francesco Peluso Cassese
  • Alice Mannocci


This article retraces the main pedagogical moments, history and science leded the Paralympics to play a role, as well as therapeutic, even philanthropic and social-ransom in people with disabilities.

The disability subdget is generally a disadvantaged person in modern society, but in recent decades, starting from an intuition of dr. Ludwig Guttman, the handicap world is undergoing profound changes.The Paralympic Movement, parallel to the traditional Olympic Games in fact, born in the middle of the last century in order to bring help to recovery the veterans of the Second World War. Over the decades, the idea of sports and physical activity as a “therapy” has managed more and more to find a definition and an institutional space. The concept of disability has reached a wider, in fact contemplates operating difficulties of person both personally and in the participation in a social activity. So today to physical activity and sport can place alongside the rehabilitation and educational process, helping to improve physical health, quality of life, enhancing the individual through conscious action and anthropologically justified educational-relational intervention.



How to Cite

Masala, D., D'Egidio, V., Peluso Cassese, F., & Mannocci, A. (2017). Education, disability and sport-therapy: from Paralympics to health for all. Formazione & Insegnamento, 14(1 Suppl.), 65–74. Retrieved from

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