Sporting is the act of gaming or getting involved in competitive physical activities through organized or casual participation. Sporting aims to maintain, improve, and utilize physical ability through skills, provides entertainment to spectators, and allows participants to enjoy themselves as well.
There are hundreds of sports and people with disabilities can find a few sporting activities that will suit them. These sports help them become physically fit and entertained in the process. Sports that people with disabilities can engage in are known as adaptive sports. Living with a disability and staying active at the same time helps you improve coordination and helps to build muscle and boost the strength of the bones. It is also useful if you want to have a healthy heart.
Sitting volleyball is one of the sporting activities that a person with disabilities can play. It requires players to sit on the ground while adhering to the same rules as those of stand-up volleyball, but with a smaller court and shorter net. Whenever the ball comes into contact with a player, the player’s buttock (at least one buttock) must touch the floor.
Persons with disabilities can perform snow skiing (standing or sitting). Skiing is enjoyable with the aid of adaptive equipment. It can also be played by sitting on a bucket, which is especially useful for individuals with lesser stability, strength, and coordination. Handheld outriggers are used for steering and balance. Tandem and tethers skis allow persons with disabilities to ski with another person’s assistance (for steering). Visually impaired skiers may use the help of a trained guide who calls out instructions from behind, the front, or beside the skier.
Wheelchair basketball is also another helpful sport for persons with physical disabilities. It is played with a somewhat similar set of rules and standards used in the typical basketball sport, with some variations on dribbling and wheelchair contact.
Adaptive swimming is a sporting activity that persons with disabilities can participate in, including those experiencing hearing difficulties and the deaf, blind people, and as well as those with physical and cognitive disabilities. There is no special adaptive equipment required for adaptive swimming; persons with disabilities can participate with little modification.
Tennis is another useful sport. For mobility purposes, it requires the use of adaptive equipment, like a wheelchair. Rules are modified based on the nature of the disability, making it possible for stand-up players to play against a wheelchair player. Using modified bikes for cycling has enabled persons with disabilities to enjoy cycling. Using tricycles (with modified handlebars and special seats), these disabled people can still gain stability.
There are several recreation programs and adaptive sports that persons with disabilities can enjoy for their overall wellness. These programs also provide social, health, leisure, and competitive benefits. It is advisable to check with a physician or physical therapist before participating in sports and recreational activities so that you will know the level of physical activity that is considered safe for you.