Whether it be short or long term, with various degrees of seriousness, injuries and disabilities make it difficult to participate in the daily activities we find both necessary and enjoyable. Adaptive sports can be a great way to get yourself out there, and come with great physical and emotional benefits. In this article, we’ll provide tips on how to get started with adaptive sports, and how you can have a smooth and enjoyable experience.
What Are Adaptive Sports?
According to Cornell University, adaptive sports are sports that have either been adapted specifically for persons with a disability or created specifically for persons with a disability. They allow those participating to do so with proper and necessary modifications. Also known as parasports, there are countless options available for those wishing to participate. Almost every sport has an adaptive sport counterpart, as seen in the Paralympics. Basketball, track and field, and gymnastics are just a few of the many different activities.
Who Participates In Adaptive Sports?
The participants of adaptive sports are usually individuals who happen to have a disability. No matter what the circumstances may be, there is always a spot for any qualifying individual to participate.
How To Get Started In Adaptive Sports.
Whether you are looking to get involved in adaptive sports yourself, or are doing some research for a family member or friend, the below tips will help anyone get started and ready to play.
- Figure out your interests. It is important to first figure out what adaptive sports interest you most. Think about if you played any sports in the past, either recreationally, or competitively. Did you like them? Were you good at them? If so, this is probably a good place to start. If you’ve never been involved in sports, do some research to see which activities fit you and your goals best. You can do this by reading online, talking to a friend, or by watching sports on television.
- Find an adaptive sports center near you. There are many adaptive sports centers throughout the country that offer recreational and competitive activities for athletes with disabilities to participate in. A quick online search in your area should provide you with some options. If you are located in the Myrtle Beach area, Coastal Adaptive Sports is a recognized 501(c)3 non-profit organization, dedicated to facilitating sports opportunities and scheduling recreation activities to enhance the lives of individuals and families who have disabilities. Some of the activities they offer are basketball, kayaking, surfing, softball, and cycling. You can learn more about them at Coastal Adaptive Sports.
- Be confident and go for it! It is important to have a good attitude going into your first adaptive sports practice or class. But it’s okay if you’re nervous - we’re here to help you feel comfortable and have the best experience possible.
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