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.
Whether you’re planning a city break, a visit to relatives or a beach holiday having the lowdown on travelling by air with a wheelchair can make your journey run much more smoothly. These top tips can help you to navigate everything from assistance at your departure airport, check-in, transporting your mobility device, flying and special assistance at your arrival airport.
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.