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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.

Susan Seipel para-canoe champion

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I have represented Australia in the sport of Para-canoe at two Paralympic Games and achieved a bronze medal in Rio 2016 and a silver medal in Tokyo 2020. My current goal is to compete at the next Paralympic Games in Paris 2024 (August 28th to September 8th). Each Paralympic experience has been unique and begins […]

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Handcycling: Is It Right For You?

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Wheelchair Rugby: What Is It and How Do You Play?

Rugby is not just the domain of non-disabled athletes. Wheelchair rugby is a popular and robust game, with clear rules, for male and female wheelchair users, many of whom have spinal cord injuries, quadriplegia or paraplegia, neurological conditions, cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy or amputations. Certain formats of the game require that all players are quadriplegic […]

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The Top 5 Chair Cardio Exercises

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Wheelchair bike: a step to equality

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Wheelchair Tennis: How Do You Play It?

Game, set, match!  What do you know about wheelchair tennis? You’ve undoubtedly heard of Wimbledon with its infamous strawberries and cream and celebrity spectator crowd, but one of the most popular adaptive sports out there, the thrill of being outdoors whilst keeping fit and active, and having the opportunity to even play doubles with a […]

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Overcoming physical disabilities in sport

Physical disabilities can often be perceived as a barrier in engagement of many daily tasks but particularly in leisure or sporting activity. As society becomes more familiar with meeting disability needs the adaptations or compensatory approaches adopted to empower independent engagement in day-to-day tasks have become standard or normalised rather than specialist. Adaptations such as […]

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