A wheelchair doesn't mean you can't enjoy the thrill of competing in sports. More and more wheelchair users are turning to wheelchair sports - some even on a professional level. There are several wheelchair sports associations and gaming opportunities for wheelchair-bound people to educate yourself regarding playing the game safely and find out what options you have. This article offers information about some wheelchair sports.
Wheelchair basketball is a very common wheelchair sport. It was started over forty years ago by the Veteran's Association as a rehabilitation program, and over the years has grown very popular. Today wheelchair basketball is a professional sport with more than 180 teams across the United States. Different versions of wheelchair basketball have developed from wheelchair basketball, the first of wheelchair sports. Some even have lower, netted basketball rims that return the ball back to the players without them having to chase it down.
In order to play wheelchair basketball, it is essential to have a lightweight wheelchair. Several sports wheelchairs designed especially for sports enthusiasts are there in the market. And if you are an amputee, you will find many prosthetic devices that have been created to enjoy the sport. The most common upper body prosthetic - the Super Sport, which is manufactured by TRS, Inc. - comes in different sizes and was specifically designed for playing various sports including ball sports.
The Special Olympics added Boccia ball to its list of sports, which is a game that can be enjoyed by all wheelchair users. You can play it either indoors or outdoors. You need a target ball and six balls for each player. All you have to do is try and get your ball closest to the target ball thrown at the beginning of the game. Points are awarded based on the proximity of balls to that of the target ball.
Another wheelchair sport, quad rugby, was specifically designed for quadriplegics unable to play wheelchair basketball. It is a mixture of wheelchair basketball and ice hockey. In 1988 quad rugby players officially started the United States Quad Rugby Association, and has over 40 teams on its membership roster.
To play the game you must have two teams of four players each. Each player is classified based on impairment – .5 being the greatest impairment and 3.5 being the least impairment, and teams cannot not exceed an 8.
The sportsmen play in four 8-minute quarters in which the offense must carry the ball to their goal (on the other team's side of the court). The defense is constantly trying to prevent the other team from scoring. The team who reaches the other person's goal line most frequently wins.
Power soccer is another fun wheelchair sport for players who have the zest for sports compaarble to their able-bodied counterparts. However, an electric wheelchair is required to play this sport.
Two teams have two 30-minute halves to push the soccer ball over the other team's goal line. The team to reach the other person's goal most frequently wins.
So, just because you are in a wheelchair doesn't mean that you cannot enjoy sports activities. And based on the sport you choose to participate in, there are several wheelchair sports accessories available, including belts and harnesses, gloves, bags for carrying items, drink holders and specialty back