Adaptive Athletics: The Rise of the Super Athlete


Scout Bassett

Brian Frasure


Blake Leeper

Paralympic athletes are breaking records at an unbelievable pace. At the 2016 Paralympics in Rio, 132 world records were set, and more than 200 records were broken during the first six days of competition.1 Paralympic athletes are using sports-specific prostheses to run faster, jump farther, and lift more weight than ever before. In the age of adaptive athletics, is technology providing an unfair advantage or is it increasing access to sports for a wider range of people with disabilities? Current and former Paralympic athletes will discuss the controversy that is reshaping the landscape of competitive sports with academic and prosthetic experts.
1. “At Rio Paralympics, Athletes Take Record-Breaking to New Level.” The Washington Post, WP Company, 13 Sept. 2016,

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Primary Entry: Music Badge, Platinum Badge, Film Badge, Interactive Badge
Format: Panel
Event Type: Session
Track: Sports
Level: Beginner