News from Northwest ADA Center – Idaho
ADAPTIVE SPORTS & RECREATION
If you have an Spinal Cord Injury (SCI), adaptive sports and recreation may be key to your lifelong wellness. These activities may also help you to engage with your community. Many options are available:
- Outdoor recreation activities (for example, adaptive kayaking, fishing, or snow skiing)
- Performing arts (for example, adaptive dance group)
- Individual sports (for example, wheelchair racing or hand cycling)
- Team or competitive sports (for example, wheelchair basketball, wheelchair tennis, quad rugby, or sled hockey)
Even if you have never taken part in sports before, you can find an adaptive activity that is right for you!
An SCI does not have to keep you from being active. Adaptive sports and recreation are good for your health. Without such activity, you may be at higher risk for physical and mental health problems, such as obesity, heart disease, and depression. You may also feel left out if you do not engage in enjoyable activities. Others may assume that you cannot be active just because of your injury.
Adaptive sports and recreation can help you get past these challenges. Every state has a parks and recreation association. Some focus on adaptive outdoor recreation. Examples include fishing, hunting, water skiing, or canoeing/kayaking. Public schools must offer physical education and school-based sports to every student. Contact your local school district to find out about adaptive sports programs. Many colleges and universities have adaptive sports programs. Examples include wheelchair basketball or track and field. Scholarships may be available to top athletes. Advocates are trying to get the National Collegiate Athletic Association (or NCAA) to sanction adaptive sports.
For more information about the ADA contact:
Dana Gover, MPA, and ACTCP Certification, ADA Training and Technical Assistance Coordinator
For more information about ADA Technical Assistance visit the NW ADA Center Idaho website: nwadacenter.org/idaho
Phone: Voice and Text 208-841-9422
Idaho Relay Service: 7