Swimming has always been a prominent Paralympic sport and is one of the few disciplines to have enjoyed continuous representation since the first games of 1960 in Rome.
Adapted swimming therapy provides improved independence and safety in the water; aerobic exercise to work and tone all the muscles of the body; and strength and resistance training - all whilst offering a relaxing effect.
Sport not only makes you stronger and healthier, it also helps to improve your mood. With a host of formal federations and regulatory bodies, as well as more amateur sporting associations, geared up to facilitating adapted sports – whether you want to compete for fun or for glory – there’s no reason not to join in!
There are currently 22 disciplines considered as Paralympic sports, which can be practised competitively in the Paralympic Games - the biggest sports competition for people with disabilities at international level. How many can you name? Here's our guide to the current list.
Wheelchair basketball is one of the most well-adapted sports, and is also one of the most widespread in the world. It is estimated that there are currently wheelchair basketball leagues and competitions in 75 countries, which gives us a good idea of its degree of social integration and level of competitiveness.
Sport is a fantastic way to socialise, keep fit and beat stress, not to mention its therapeutic and rehabilitation properties. With the rising popularlity of the Paralympic Games, sports and disability are becoming increasingly interlinked and with the support of a health professionals and trained sports coaches more accessible to all, which helps you lead an active life.