We are lucky enough to live in a world where technology and medical availability are at an all-time high. As a result, those who are disabled are able to participate in almost every sport at any age. Want some inspiration for inclusive sports you can play? Keep reading to find out more!
Tennis is great for everyone; wheelchair users, disabled and abled bodies can all play together. With rule modification and adaptive equipment, it can be fun for everyone. Plus you don’t need to have your own equipment, lots of local providers have courts, rackets and balls available for hire so no matter where or when you want to play they’ll be a way to get involved.
These are sports such as canoeing, kayaking, rowing, and rafting. All of these can be adapted to suit the user and any additional needs they may have. Seats can be designed with you in mind meaning you don’t have to miss out on water sports fun! Start searching for equipment in your area ready for next summer.
Swimming can be adapted to suit people with a variety of disabilities such as blindness, deaf, cognitive and physical disabilities. Because adaptive swimming does not require special equipment, an individual with a disability can participate in a program in their area, with very little modifications. Most facilities have pool noddles and floaties available should you need so contact your local providers to see how you can hire the equipment you need for a fun pool day with the whole family.
Perhaps one of the most popular disability sports wheelchair basketball enables wheelchair users to get on the court and show of their ball skills. Besides the game itself playing with your team is a great way to enjoy social time and build closer relationships with the ones you love. Not playing with all wheelchair users? Try sitting volleyball! You can use most of the same rules as in standing volleyball but with a shorter net and the added rule that at least one glute must be touching the ground whenever the player is in contact with the ball.
Everyone can get involved with cycling – The most common way for individuals with disabilities to cycle is with the use of modified bikes. Tricycles provide the greatest stability and can be modified with special seats and handlebars. If pedalling a bike or staying upright is difficult, hand cycling allows you to pedal the cycle with your arms in a seated or reclined position. Tandem cycling is a safe way for individuals with visual or hearing impairments to enjoy cycling and can be upright or recumbent. Cycles can also be modified to allow another person to push the cycle if needed.
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