October 30, 2015 | 9:30 am | By Pants Up Easy
When it comes to wheelchair activities and sports, the discussion really begins and ends with “Murderball.” If you haven’t heard of this documentary – it’s about wheelchair rugby players. Have you ever seen rugby played? It’s like football, but without silly things like, you know, pads and helmets. Do you think these guys are going to take it easy because they’re in wheelchairs? Hahaha, NO.
So if you’re not into hitting and high intensity, wheelchair rugby might not seem like fun. However, don’t be discouraged: there are actually many recreational activities you can enjoy as a wheelchair user. Here are three of our favorites:
If you used to be a baller before you were in wheelchair, there’s no reason you can’t continue to be. Wheelchair basketball is actually a booming sport, with more than 100,000 people participating every year. There’s even a Wheelchair Basketball World Championship that takes place every four years. And as luck would have it, the US women haven’t won it since 2010, and the men haven’t won since 2002. Some of you readers better start practicing, our squads really need the help!
Softball is the ultimate recreational sport. And technically, you only need your arms to swing a bat, so why couldn’t you play softball in a wheelchair? Just like basketball, softball is a pretty popular wheelchair activity. There’s even a National Wheelchair Softball Association that organizes leagues and tournaments across the country.
If you’re the type of person who loves a challenge, or you simply enjoy working out, then wheelchair racing is your sport. These folks get quite competitive, and if you’re good enough, you can make it all the way to the Paralympic Games.
If you’re serious about potential racing, there’s a wide list of rules and regulations governing the sport and the type of wheelchair you can use. Just be ready to work out those arms quite a bit!