Historically, students with physical or mental impairments were barred from participating on school sports teams because school officials feared that these disabled students faced a greater risk of serious injury than their non-handicapped peers. The author examines recent student challenges to athletic disqualification decisions and concludes that the equal protection clause and section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act provide effective means for combatting handicap discrimination in school athletics.
Kathleen De Santis,
The Disabled Student Athlete: Gaining a Place on the Playing Field,
5 Hastings Comm. & Ent. L.J. 517
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