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Thursday, 11 May 2017 15:53

Adaptive Sports

Staying active and healthy despite paralysis through adaptive sports.

The National Center on Health, Physical Activity and Disability (NCHPAD) has a slogan that says, “Exercise is for EVERY body.” Exercise is one of the most effective means for maintaining and improving your health, yet it’s something that few people get enough of. This is especially true for people with disabilities, whose ability to get enough exercise may be limited by social or physical barriers. As a result, many people with disabilities suffer from the effects of a sedentary lifestyle, including obesity, diabetes, heart attack, and stroke.

So what can we do about it?

One great answer is adaptive sports. Sports have long been one of the best ways to stay active and healthy, because they combine social interaction, competition, and exercise into a single activity. Each year, more people and organizations are getting involved in adaptive sports, making old sports accessible to people with disabilities and even inventing some new sports, like Murderball. The result is that more people with disabilities are getting out, staying active, and having fun.

Here’s a list of some of the most popular adaptive sports:

  • Archery
  • Wheelchair basketball
  • Skiing
  • Equestrian
  • Golf
  • Hand cycling
  • Sailing
  • Scuba
  • Sled hockey
  • Snowboarding
  • Wheelchair rugby (aka Murderball)
  • Tennis
  • Waterskiing
  • Wheelchair racing
  • Yoga

Several of these sports even have professional teams, like the US Paralympic Cycling Team.

There are many organizations and events for adaptive sports – too many to list. Below you can find a few great resources for getting involved in adaptive sports.

As a final note, many rehabilitation centers have their own adaptive sports programs, like the Shepherd Center and Brooks Rehab. Now get out and play!

If you know someone who may be interested in adaptive sports, share this article with them on Facebook,Twitter, Pinterest, or LinkedIn

If you’re trying to stay active and healthy despite paralysis, or maybe you’re trying to build strength and endurance for an adaptive sport, the MyoCycle may be right for you. To learn more about how the MyoCycle fits into an active and healthy lifestyle, click here.

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The High Fives Foundation was started in 2009 by Roy Tuscany after he was paralyzed from the waist down in a skiing accident. Today, the High Fives Foundation offers physical, emotional, and financial support to athletes with paralysis, amputations, or other disabilities who want to get back to the sports they love, particularly mountain action sports like skiing and snowboarding. With slogans like, "Instead of healthcare, we provide human care," and, "We give athletes a hand up, not a handout," it's clear that the High Fives Foundation is here to empower disabled athletes.

Check out their website here, follow them on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter, and watch the incredible video below about High Fives Athlete, Jason Abraham.

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Saturday, 14 May 2016 16:57

Invictus Games 2016

We had the pleasure of attending the 2016 Invictus Games this week and had a great time watching teams of wounded warriors and disabled athletes compete in sports like Wheelchair Rugby and Wheelchair Tennis.

Invictus Games usaUSA beat Australia 36-15 in Wheelchair Rugby!

From their website, "Competitions like the Invictus Games aid in holistic healing throughout the recovery and rehabilitation process: mentally, emotionally, spiritually, physically & socially. The Invictus Games serve as a reminder that there are Service men and women who adapt to a 'new normal', long after the Games are over. Military or not, anyone who experiences the Games will walk away changed."

We couldn't agree more. Check out the Invictus Games website for more information, including highlight reels and other videos from the event.

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