Play from your Chair: Sports that Don’t Require Adaptive Equipment
Staying fit with wheelchair sports
Wheelchair sports have seen a surge in popularity over the past decade. From Olympic competitions to locally organized events, more athletes with disabilities have discovered the excitement and thrill of competition that can be found in adaptive sports. Although designs have been made to make even the most challenging activities available to those with limited mobility, such as adaptive surfboards, skis and more, there are also a number of sports that do not require the use of any special equipment and can be enjoyed by people of all skill levels and abilities.
Unleash your inner Katniss Everdeen and experience the exhilaration of a bulls-eye shot. While archery may not be the first activity you think of when sports are brought up, it’s actually a great form of exercise, building arm strength, hand-eye coordination and focus.
Table tennis allows wheelchair users and able-bodied people to compete head-to-head against each other, making this a truly inclusive sport. Its ability to accommodate multiple levels of players has made table tennis one of the most popular sports for wheelchair users. It is even an integral part of many rehabilitation programs!
Unlike many other sports, bowling offers the opportunity to enjoy food, drinks and good times with friends while actively competing against each other. This unique characteristic makes this a popular sport to enjoy while on a nighttime outing and is something the whole family can enjoy.
Although wheelchair basketball can be physically demanding, it is also incredibly rewarding. While certain aspects of the game may be modified at the request or needs of certain players, a hoop, a ball and a love of the game are all the requirements for this competitive sport.
With the growth in popularity of adaptive sports, it’s the perfect opportunity to get involved! Round up some friends and get on the road to athletic achievement.
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