Definition: Defining the Meaning of Wheelchair Sports
Pertains to sporting activities that where participants make use of wheelchairs either manual, or power.
Sports played in wheelchairs are games played by persons with a disability, including physical and intellectual disabilities. They are sometimes referred to as adapted sports.
Just because you are in a wheelchair doesn't mean you can't enjoy the competitiveness and just all around fun that playing sports offers you.
There are a wide range of sports that have been adapted to be played by people with varying types of disability, as well as several that are unique to disabled sports.
Sport plays a vital role in the rehabilitation of those with disabilities and can often be a catalyst for increased confidence and self esteem.
More and more wheelchair users are playing sports every day - some even on a professional level.
There are several wheelchair sports associations and gaming opportunities for your wheelchair and you - all you have to do is educate yourself regarding playing the game safely and find out what options you have.
To assist in sport playing in wheelchairs accessories are available and include belts and harnesses, gloves, bags for carrying items, drink holders and specialty back supports.
|Wheelchair Sports List|
|Wheelchair basketball: A form of basketball usually played by the physically impaired. Participants play on specially designed wheelchairs, built specifically for the sport.|
|Wheelchair curling: Wheelchair curling is an adaptation of curling for athletes with disability governed by the World Curling Federation and is one of the sports in the Winter Paralympic Games.|
|Wheelchair racing: Wheelchair racing is the racing of wheelchairs in track and road races. Wheelchair racing is open to athletes with any qualifying type of disability, amputees, spinal cord injuries, cerebral palsy and partially sighted (when combined with another disability). Athletes are classified in accordance with the nature and severity of their disability or combinations of disabilities.
|Wheelchair rugby: Wheelchair rugby is a team sport for athletes with a disability. Developed in Canada in the late 1970s, it is currently practiced in over twenty countries around the world and is a Paralympic sport.|
|Wheelchair tennis: Wheelchair tennis is one of the forms of tennis adapted for those who have disabilities in their lower bodies. The size of courts, balls, and rackets are same, but there are two major differences from pedestrian tennis; athletes use specially designed wheelchairs.
|Wheelchair Dance: Wheelchair dancing is a sport that continues to grow in popularity around the world. Wheelchair dance is considered an IPC Championships Sport, but it is not currently a part of the Paralympic Games program.|
|Wheelchair fencing: Wheelchair fencing is a version of fencing for athletes with a disability. Wheelchair fencing is governed by the International Wheelchair and Amputee Sports Federation that is a federation of the International Paralympic Committee, and is one of the sports in the Summer Paralympic Games.
|Power hockey: Power hockey is a competitive, fast-paced hockey game based on the use of an electric powered wheelchair. Its modified ice hockey rules enable disabled people that use an electric wheelchair to play hockey and to be active in a competitive team setting. The sport is also called electric wheelchair hockey and electric wheelchair floorball.
|Wheelchair netball: Wheelchair netball is a variation of netball adapted for play in wheelchairs. Modern versions of wheelchair netball are similar to standard netball, but with modified rules regarding contact, obstruction and travelling.
|Wheelchair soccer: A variation of association football, in which all of the participants are wheelchairs users due to physical disability. Intellectual disabilities can also be a factor, but this is not always the case. The wheelchairs can be either motorized, or manually pushed.|