An active lifestyle with plenty of opportunities for exercise is essential for many wheelchair users and provides a much-needed boost of vitality, increased energy, improved muscle tone and greater coordination, as well as improving physical and mental health.
Find out more about the types of wheelchair exercises and the benefits it can provide.
Wheelchair basketball is perhaps the best known wheelchair sport, but other sports such as tennis, padel, cycling and adapted rugby also use sports wheelchairs. Sports wheelchairs are often complex in their design and technology, adapting not only to the rigours of each discipline, but also being tailored to the needs of the individual, the sport and the environment the sport is played within.
My name is Andrea Schütt and since 2010 I rely on a manual power assist wheelchair. On the first weekend of August 2017, the world’s biggest Heavy Metal Open-Air Festival took place again in the tranquil little German town of Wacken, in Schleswig-Holstein. The festival provides metalheads in wheelchairs a fantastic festival experience, with mobile wristband distribution, wheelchair repairs, medicine storage, physiotherapy and recharge stations for power wheelchairs.
Childhood games are synonymous with activity, development and preparation for adult life. They are a source of self-affirmation, motivation, satisfaction and social interaction. In the case of children with some sort of disability, all these benefits are multiplied, so that the game becomes an occupational area essential for their social, cognitive, sensory, prescriptive, affective and communicative development.
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!