There are many sports which have recently become adaptable for individuals who are confined to wheelchairs. Today, Individuals who are quadriplegic/ paraplegic can continue to participate in sports, win championships and even take home Olympic metals. Wheelchair sports have come a long way, especially and almost all sports have become adaptable to wheelchairs. This article discusses some of the most popular wheelchair sports.
Basketball, perhaps the most popular wheelchair sport, was the first sport of its kind to be introduced in the 1940's. Wheelchair basketball is a highly developed sport and is practiced both for fun and professionally on elite, competitive levels. There are wheelchair basketball leagues for men, women and children to enjoy.
The most popular form of wheelchair hockey is called sledge hockey. Individuals are placed on a sled with skate blades and use mini sticks as opposed to the larger forms of hockey sticks. Sledge hockey allows disabled individuals to participate in and experience the wonderful game of hockey.
Rugby is one of the more physical, fast-paced wheelchair sports and has the potential to become very intense. The rules differ quite a bit from the actual game of Rugby, however the sport has been adapted quite well for disabled individuals.
Wheelchair tennis is also one of the most popular wheelchair sports for disabled individuals to participate in. Wheelchair tennis has the same rules and regulations as normal tennis except that the ball can bounce twice as opposed to just once. This makes it easier to get to the ball. This sport can be adapted for all individuals, regardless of their form of disability.
Other Sports and Activities
There are a number of other sports that are available for individuals with disabilities. Some of the these include waterskiing, tubing, bowling, billiards and hang gliding.