Adaptive sports are played by people with disabilities, no matter if they have intellectual or physical disabilities. These sports give the disabled people the true feel of independence, and they relieve stress while enjoying themselves. Here are some of the most popular adaptive sports for people with disabilities.
Bowling is a very popular sport among all types of people. For the disabled, there exists the “Poss-I-Bowl”, that gives them the ability to play this recreational and competitive game. The player controls the device from a switch that is attached to the tubular bowling ramp, that allows the player to release the ball by pressing it. The player establishes what is the right angle, and the force with which the ball will be thrown down the lane.
Adaptive tennis can be played either in singles, or in doubles, and it’s ambulatory, or in a wheelchair. The sport can be played by people who are missing a limb by using prosthetics. Arm prosthetics are adapted to grasp the tennis racket. Wheelchair tennis can be played in a mobility scooter as well. The means of transport depends on what the player is using, and some of the rules are changed. For example, the most important rule change is the fact that the ball can bounce two times on the field, due to the fact that the disabled person who is in the wheelchair or the mobility scooter takes more time to get to the ball.
It’s not impossible to get around the golf course in a mobility scooter, a crutch, a wheelchair, or a cane. Therefore, the great game of golf can be played by those who are impaired as well. For them there exist helping devices, such as specially designed golf clubs. Adaptive golf has gained a lot of popularity due to the concentration that is needed to play it, and the major relaxation it offers to the player, both mentally, and physically. These days, there are many competitive events that host this sport, having the players involved fight each other for a grand prize and a title.
In adaptive soccer, the number of players is reduced to seven, from the normal eleven, and the soccer field dimension are reduced as well. It can be played by people who have any type of disability, being specially designed for them. For example, people who are in wheelchairs can play this sport, the game being played on a hard surface for their convenience, and foot guards are attached to the chairs to push the ball around.