The physical and social environment impacts on athletic performance. However, previous research has focused mainly on able-bodied sport, with fewer studies being conducted on para-sport programmes. The purpose of this study was to describe the impact of the social and physical environment on wheelchair basketball athletes. A multiple case study method was used to compare two different settings: Australian wheelchair basketball and a collegiate wheelchair basketball programme in the USA. Data analyses were undertaken in line with case study method and both cases were analysed separately followed by a cross-case comparison to determine similarities. The environmental facilitators consistent across both cases provide recommendations for the development of high performance para-sport. These recommendations include providing accessible training facilities, financial support for specialised equipment, and access to high quality coaching.
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