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The Top 50 Most Cited Articles on Special Olympics: A Bibliometric Analysis.

Khoo, S., Ansari, P., John, J. and Brooke, M., 2022. The Top 50 Most Cited Articles on Special Olympics: A Bibliometric Analysis. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 19 (16), 10150.

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DOI: 10.3390/ijerph191610150


The Special Olympics was established in 1968 to “provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities”. It has gained recognition in the field of sports and healthcare of persons with intellectual disability, with a large number of dedicated researchers and institutions all over the world. However, there is an urgent need to analyze the progress and current status of this research field to identify knowledge gaps and develop this discipline. The aim of this study was to analyze the scientific production of the Special Olympics and report the bibliometric characteristics of the top 50 most cited Special Olympics publications. A systematic search was conducted on the Scopus database and bibliometric data were extracted and analyzed. The top 50 publications received 1632 citations. A total of 138 authors (63 female and 75 male) contributed to these publications. The two main areas of study were the physical health of Special Olympics athletes (n = 27) and the psycho-social health of athletes (n = 12).

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:authorship; citation; disability sport; intellectual disability; scientometric; Adult; Athletes; Bibliometrics; Child; Databases, Factual; Female; Humans; Intellectual Disability; Male; Sports
Group:Bournemouth University Business School
ID Code:39424
Deposited By: Symplectic RT2
Deposited On:25 Jan 2024 10:33
Last Modified:25 Jan 2024 10:33


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