Adaptive Sports: Fuel for the Fight
They promote health and fitness, break down barriers, reveal hidden character, teach essential life lessons, expand individual potential...and that's just the beginning. Adaptive sports are an ingenious and effective way to plow through the challenges posed by your disability. more
If you are an active participant in adaptive sports and have complex communication needs, your insights are in high demand! Read on…
A fiercely able woman with an above-the-knee amputation always dismissed yoga as too foofoo for her athletic tastes. That is, until she tried it and experienced the fantastic effect on her mind, body and spirit.
Fair winds and following seas are within the reach of people with disabilities, even those that are highly involved, thanks to adaptive sailing.
Future Paralympic sport (we hope!) synchronized swimming is an ideal pursuit for AWD—athletes with disabilities. In fact, it was invented by one.
Mark Wellman, adventure athlete and motivational speaker, a former Paralympian and Park Ranger, will demonstrate his innovative climbing techniques...
A new-to-market product has merged old and new technology to provide people with disabilities access to the open water.
Doug Blevins was only four years old on New Year’s Eve, 1967, when the Green Bay Packers beat the Dallas Cowboys in the final seconds of the National Football League championship game.
Over the past few years, our country has become more and more unhealthy...This couldn't be more true for people with disabilities!
Team USA was primed and ready to defend their world championship against worthy opponents from nine other countries.
World-class wheelchair athlete, James Lilly, didn’t take ‘no’ for an answer when gang violence left him paralyzed at the age of 15.
What began as tools for rehabilitation have morphed into widespread, organized recreation and competitive sports programs. From quad rugby to wheelchair basketball to beep kickball to handcycling, there is literally something for everybody.
What will you get out of adaptive sports?
Physically, you can look forward to increase strength, better agility, improved circulation, boosted stamina, enhanced flexibility and burned calories, all of which will put of smile on the face of your favorite healthcare provider.
The psychological benefits are just as pivotal. Your confidence, self-esteem and overall desire to succeed are in for a huge spike. Sports have also been shown to have a positive impact on concentration, planning, analytical, leadership and social skills.
On top of all that, whether you are a weekend warrior or Paralympics-bound, it’s a great way to make friends and have fun.
Pierre de Coubertin, the father of the modern Olympics, was the proud father of two children with disabilities. Though he died before the Paralympics were born, maybe—just maybe—he was also thinking of his beloved progeny when he said, “The most important thing in life is not the triumph but the struggle. The essential thing is not to have conquered but to have fought well.”
Click on to see how others in the Community who have "fought well."