The Resource library is the cornerstone of Virtus Academy. Everyone is invited to virtually come and visit the library, to find high quality, up-to-date, sport-specific and disability specific resources related to Virtus-sport.
RAID stands for Resources for Athletes with Intellectual Disabilities. An Excel database containing over 150 user-friendly and searchable resources, including manuals, courses, books and articles. It contains instructions on how to search, filter and find with up to 22 variables including sport, language and type of resource.
This resource contains an ‘IDEAL’ coaching manual of 80 pages, with evidence-based guidelines on coaching athletes with ID and autism. Some of the themes addressed in the manual are inclusive sport practices, motivation and self-regulation, communication and performance.
Available in English, Dutch, Spanish, Swedish, Polish.
This basketball-specific resource is a supplement to the Good Practice Guidelines. It is a coaching manual for basketball players with intellectual disability and/or autism. Using pictures, videos and practical examples, tips and tricks are provided that you can immediately apply in a training session to meet this tailored to your players.
This athletics-specific resource is a supplement to the Good Practice Guidelines. It is a practical manual to train track and field athletes with intellectual disability and/or autism. Using pictures, videos and practical examples, tips and tricks are provided that you can immediately apply in a training session to meet this tailored to your athletes.
Available in English, Dutch
This wintersport-specific resource is a practical manual that you can use as a coach when you train skiers (Nordic Ski or Alpine ski) with intellectual disability and/or autism. Using pictures, videos and practical examples, tips and tricks are provided that you can immediately apply in a training session to meet this tailored to your athletes.
Young athletes with intellectual disabilities, dreaming of an IDEAL
Athletes explaining the role and importance of coaching in their sport
Athletes share how sport has changed their life.
Identifying best practice in sports coaching for athletes with intellectual disabilities –
This report on how sport for people with intellectual disabilities (ID-sport) is organised across Europe was contributed by 29 sporting organisations across 10 EU countries. It provides guidelines on how the current structures and programs can be optimised. Themes addressed in the report are collaboration between the organisations, the organizational landscape across Europe, ID-sports offer, representation of ID-athletes in major competitions (e.g., Paralympic Games), athlete development, funding and inclusion.
28 June 2021, Inspirational stories from coaches of gold medal winners at Paralympic/Virtus Global Games. We are joined by two top level coaches as guest speakers: Dr. Ingi Einarsson (swimming coach – Iceland) and Tony Guihot (basketball coach – Australia) who will share their experience as team coaches of successful athletes with intellectual impairment. They will provide advice on how you can overcome the challenges and barriers on the path to success based on their own experiences spanning many years.
26 July 2021, Promoting Paralympic Athletes in Tokyo was presented by Nithi Suppiah.
After a successful Tokyo2020 Paralympic Games for II athletes, we hear from four amazing medallists – Breanna Clark (USA) GOLD T20 400m, Peter Palos (HUN) GOLD Table Tennis class 11, Valeriia Shabalina (RUS) S14 Gold and Silver Medallist, Jessica-Jane Applegate (GBR) S14 Gold and Bronze Medallist.
How are the National Paralympic Committees involved in sport for people with intellectual disabilities (ID-sport) across Europe?
ARTICLE: Conceptual paper evidence-based classification for ID-athletes.
Reference: Debbie Van Biesen , Jan Burns , Jennifer Mactavish , Peter Van de Vliet & Yves Vanlandewijck (2021): Conceptual model of sport-specific classification for para-athletes with intellectual impairment, Journal of Sports Sciences.
Jan Burns (2015): The impact of intellectual disabilities on elite sports performance, International Review of Sport and Exercise Psychology, DOI: 10.1080/1750984X.2015.1068830
ARTICLE: Review on physical activity correlates of adolescents with ID. Reference: : Davy Vancampfort, Tine Van Damme, Joseph Firth, Brendon Stubbs, Felipe Schuch, Shuichi Suetani, AnkeArkesteyn& Debbie Van Biesen (2021): Physical activity correlates in children and adolescents, adults, and older adults with an intellectual disability: a systematic review, Disability and Rehabilitation, DOI: 10.1080/09638288.2021.1909665. To link to this article: https://doi.org/10.1080/09638288.2021.190966