Reaching higher levels, for example ordering at a café or bar, or trying to reach something on a high up shelf, is one of the common difficulties wheelchair users may experience. Frequently, only horizontal mobility is taken into account, but vertical mobility could be just as important for them. Often this need is perceived as a luxury. However, the ability to rise up in a powerchair has huge potential to increase the user’s quality of life.
In just over two years, adapted padel has become a booming sport, highlighted by the creation of clubs, associations and tournaments throughout the country. This new sport, which allows those with physical and mental disabilities to participate in, is played in a wheelchair, uses racquets and a conventional padel ball, and incorporates modifications similar to those of wheelchair tennis, such as the ball being allowed to bounce twice.