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
Adaptive golf is an incredibly accessible sport, enjoyed by everyone from weekend warriors to highly skilled golfers who compete internationally. So why is it not already a part of the Paralympic Games?
Jonathan Collins loved the sports that always seemed just beyond his reach. That was before wheelchair fencing catapulted him into the limelight. Now this published author has even been know to cross sabres…lightsabres!
What would you say to a month's worth of free online fitness classes to get you moving? There's hip hop and Latin dance, yoga, strength training, Tai Chi and more with modifications for disabilities. Did you say, "Where do I sign up?" Thought so.
Gianna Rojas's passion for spreading the benefits of adaptive golf is infectious and she is determined to bring the game to people with disabilities, regardless of your handicap. Golf pun. Couldn't resist.
As we commemorate the 30th anniversary of the ADA, it's important to remember all of the players that brought this revolutionary legislation to life. David Davis' new book, Wheels of Courage, highlights the WWII paralyzed vets that invented wheelchair basketball and began the fight for disability rights.
You never know what will happen at Abilities Expo. This time, you may find yourself bungee crawling on the adaptive Spartan Course, using your mobility device or a loaner from GRIT Freedom Chair. One more check on the bucket list!
Retinitis pigmentosa (RP) cost Danelle Umstead her sight, but not her zest for life. This Paralympic skier and Dancing with the Stars contestant credits genetic testing as empowering her to live a richer life.
When a lack of assistive tech threatened to stand in the way of Chad Waligura's ability to hunt and fish, this avid outdoor enthusiast and quadriplegic made his own.
Water is a great equalizing force and, with adapted equipment, an underwater adventure is accessible for many in the disability community. Are you ready for a "ground" breaking experience?
When there was no one to teach Giana Rojas how to swing a golf club with one arm, she took matters into her very capable hand. Now, she's blazing trails for people of all levels of ability to hit the links.
These unique, customized tennis programs make an enormous impact on children with autism nationwide, teaching physical and social skills in a fun environment.
This sport is extremely fast-paced, physical and is gaining popularity on the world stage. There's even a World Cup!
The volunteer force behind Ontario Track 3 Ski Association makes the thrill of adaptive skiing and snowboarding possible for the community.
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.
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."