Few activities are able to bring as much joy and excitement to the participants as sports do. They are also a great workout that strengthens the muscles while providing a competitive outlet to experience teamwork. That is why it is very important for everyone to find some time to play their favorite sport every week. This can be a challenging goal for someone who has a physical or mental disability, but it is certainly not impossible. These are four ways athletes with disabilities can play sports using adaptive equipment.
It is now possible for anyone to play a round of golf thanks to adaptive golf carts. These carts are attached to the body to help stabilized the athlete as they swing the club. After their shot is completed, they can easily sit down on the cart and ride to their ball or the next hole. This adaptive cart essentially eliminates the need to stand or walk to play this popular sport.
Basketball was one of the first sports to offer modifications for athletes with disabilities to be able to compete. Since all of the players are confined to a wheelchair, the rules and baskets are slightly modified to enhance the game. While basketball can be played in any wheelchair, there are wheelchairs specifically designed for sports. These chairs are smaller, easier to maneuver, and roll faster than a traditional wheelchair. Tennis is another sport that can be played with an athletic wheelchair.
Traditional cycling can be daunting for athletes with physical disabilities. Luckily, there are adaptive bikes that add extra stability to the individual that uses modified pedals and handlebars. Since these adaptive bikes can be modified to fit the exact needs of any athlete or any disability, everyone can enjoy the beautiful weather as they ride around the town.
Thanks to the invention of the mono-ski, anyone can experience the adrenaline rush created by skiing down a big mountain. The mono-ski has a bucket seat the holds the athlete’s entire body. There is a single ski blade below this seat that cuts through the snow. As they are going down the slope, the athlete is able to steer and stabilize their body with miniature ski poles. The adaptive equipment is so advanced that there is absolutely no difference in the overall skiing experience.
With technological advances making strides in many ways for individuals with disabilities, it is not unlikely that the future holds opportunities for athletes of all sports to succeed.