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Adapted Sports

Adapted sports are a great way for wheelchair users to get exercise while meeting new people and making new friends.

If you use a wheelchair, you might be wondering, “Is participating in wheelchair sports a good option for me?” Maybe you aren’t familiar with all the different options available and you wonder, “What types of sports can you do in a wheelchair?” Or maybe you are interested in a sport but are wondering, “How can I find the nearest adaptive sports team?”

Reading these articles will give you an overview on:

  • Types of adaptive sports, such as archery, skiing, football, basketball, swimming, and much more
  • Rules and regulations of adaptive games
  • The health benefits of different kinds of sports
  • How competitive each sport is, where it has teams, and if it is part of the Paralympics

Some of the things you will learn about adapted sports are:

  • Wheelchair racing is done using a special racing chair.
  • Adaptive swimming is one of the few sports that doesn’t require any special equipment.
  • Adaptive skiing events include Downhill skiing, Super-G, Slalom, and Giant slalom.
  • Powerchair football is one of the most inclusive sports, since it can be played by people of all physical ability.

You can also find information on playing sports and staying fit in our free ebook, Sport on Four Wheels Rather Than Two Legs: A Guide To Staying Fit As a Wheelchair User.

Grant Application Tips Adaptive Sports Equipment

Grant Application Tips: Adaptive Sports Equipment

Many adaptive sports, such as wheelchair basketball, require special equipment. This equipment can be expensive, making it almost impossible for some people to afford. However, applying for adaptive sports grants can help supplement the cost of the equipment. Grant money is often awarded to a person by the funder for a very specific purpose. And […]

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The Gym

Exercising From A Wheelchair: Going To The Gym

The equipment at your local gym won’t be as geared towards wheelchair users as what they use at your rehab facility or physiotherapist’s office. However, with advice from your doctor and directions from the gym staff, you should be able to make most of the equipment accessible. Workouts can be modified to fit your personal […]

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What You Need To Know About Wheelchair Racing

If you are familiar with handcycling, you may think wheelchair racing is the same thing. However, they are very different. It’s important to know exactly what wheelchair racing is so that you can choose which type of sport might be best for you. To help you choose if wheelchair racing is the right sport for […]

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Adaptive Swimming

Adaptive Swimming: Going Beyond Hydrotherapy

When some people think of adaptive swimming after a spinal cord injury, they imagine what is known as hydrotherapy. Hydrotherapy is more like doing physiotherapy in the water. It is not a competitive sport. Hydrotherapy has many benefits, but people with a spinal cord injury can often go beyond hydrotherapy into the world of competitive […]

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What is Wheelchair Softball?: Some Things You Should Know

What is wheelchair softball? If you are a fan of the traditional sport, you may have a hard time imagining how playing softball can be possible for wheelchair users. How can players roll on the grass? How can they push their chairs if they are wearing ball gloves? It may seem that a sport such […]

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Wheelchair racing

What You Need To Know About Wheelchair Racing

If you are familiar with handcycling, you may think wheelchair racing is the same thing. However, they are very different. It’s important to know exactly what wheelchair racing is so that you can choose which type of sport might be best for you. To help you choose if wheelchair racing is the right sport for […]

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What is Wheelchair Archery?

Wheelchair Archery is a track and field sport that requires very little, if any, adaptation to play after your spinal cord injury. Many athletes can play without any adaptive equipment at all. And although it’s considered a spring sport, there are indoor ranges to use that can make archery an activity you can enjoy year-round. […]

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The joys and dangers of Disability Skiing

There are many different sports that disabled people can get involved with, but none are perhaps as extreme as Disability Skiing. Hurtling at breakneck speeds mountain sides covered with a blanket of snow, whilst you’re strapped into a singular seat that’s perched on a ski blade – and with only two further blades in each […]

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