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Athletic identity and self-esteem in Flemish athletes with a disability

Journal Contribution - Journal Article

The aim of this study is to investigate athletic identity, self-esteem and physical self-perceptionsin Flemish athletes with a disability, to investigate the mutual relationships between those variables,and to evaluate their stability over time. Flemish athletes (Paralympic level, n = 23; Non-Paralympic Elite level, n = 37) filled out questionnaires 11 months before the Paralympic Games(PG), 3 months before the PG, and immediately afterwards. Participants in both groups reportstrong levels of athletic identity, comparable to profiles in able-bodied sportive individuals. Similarfindings are reported for global self-esteem and physical self-perceptions. With exception ofphysical confidence, no relationship was found between athletic identity and (physical) selfperceptions.Both athletic identity and (physical) self-perceptions are stable constructs over time.Flemish athletes with disabilities possess a strong athletic identity and subsequent selfperceptions,in which they identify themselves with being ‘real athletes’. This athletic identity isimbedded in a broad self-concept approach, largely independent from performances.
Journal: European Journal of Adapted Physical Activity
ISSN: 1803-3857
Issue: 1
Volume: 1
Pages: 9 - 21