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While previous research highlights the important benefits that sport participation can have for youth development, limited research has examined the sport experiences of athletes with disabilities (Martin, 2006). The purpose of this study was to describe the sport experiences of athletes with physical disabilities in a model swim program that has been widely recognized for the development of positive values in athletes. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with eight athletes with a physical disability. Participants were both male (n = 3) and female (n = 5), between 9 - 19 years of age, and averaged 5.9 years of swimming experience. Interviews were transcribed verbatim and were subjected to a content analysis procedure in which raw meaning units were grouped into salient themes (Coté, Salmela, Baria, & Russell, 1993; Tesch, 1990). Athletes’ responses regarding the outcomes derived from this program revealed four themes: 1) Redefined capabilities, 2) affirmed sense of self, 3) strengthened social connection, and 4) enhanced acceptance. Social and contextual processes facilitating the development of these outcomes are also discussed. Practical implications for programmers, coaches, and athletes are presented along with recommendations for future sport research.
Mobile devices such as smartphones are
prime candidates for the application of mixing techniques to provide anonymity
for small groups of individuals numbering 30 to 40 members. In this work, a
Chaum mix inspired, smartphone based network that uses the Short Message
Service (SMS) is proposed. This system leverages both techniques used by
current anonymity networks as well as knowledge gained from current and past
research to make messages private and untraceable. Previously published attacks
to anonymous systems are addressed as well as mitigation techniques.