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Para-alpine ski instructors in the United States need more training on disabling conditions and their definition, deficits, and adaptations for para-alpine skiing; This capstone closes the gap. Para-Alpine skiing is discussed in detail, highlighting instructor training, adaptive equipment, and para-athletes. The disabling conditions of para-athletes are identified along with details related to their para-alpine skiing experience. The methods of this capstone consisted of creating an educational series of videos highlighting five disabling conditions: Autism, spinal cord injuries and conditions, vision impairments, cerebral palsy, and progressive neurodegenerative disorders. The product was presented following a 14-week experience with the National Sports Center for the Disabled in Winter Park, CO.

Publication Date

Spring 4-2024


University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences


Para-alpine skiing, Disabling conditions, Autism spectrum disorder, Spinal cord injuries, Vision impairments, Cerebral palsy, Progressive neurodegenerative disorders

Medical Subject Headings

Skiing, Autistic disorder, Cerebral palsy, Neurodegenerative disease


Occupational Therapy | Sports Sciences


Poster presented at the Virtual OTD Capstone Symposium, held online at the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences on April 10-17, 2024.

Disabling Conditions of Para-Alpine Athletes: An Education Series for Ski Instructors