Adaptive Sports

Adaptive sports and recreational activities come in an extremely wide variety ranging from collision sports such as wheelchair rugby to skill sports like boccia and wheelchair tennis. There are sports of every type, played in every season and environment, and adapted to people with any type of disability. We believe there is an adaptive activity out there for you and a place for you to give it a shot. Check out some of our favorite adaptive sports below and contact us if you need a hand!

Adaptive Sports Resources

Soccer/Football

Five-a-side Football

  • Five-a-side Football (Blind Football) is a adaptive version of soccer for athletes with visual impairments. It has been featured in the Summer Paralympics since the Athens 2004 Games

7-a-side Football

  • 7-a-side Football (AKA CP Football) is an adaptive version of soccer for athletes with cerebral palsy and other neurological disorders. It has been featured in the Summer Paralympics since 1984.

Power Soccer 

Ice Hockey

Sled Hockey 


Special Hockey

  • Special Hockey is a fast-growing discipline of ice hockey geared towards athletes with developmental or cognitive disabilities.
  • There are over ninety special hockey teams around the United States, organized by ASHA.

Other USA Disabled Hockey Disciplines

Rock Climbing

  • Rock Climbing is a sport with an incredibly strong community and the adaptive form is no different. Programs around the country and world cater to people with physical, mental, and neurological disabilities to help them climb both artificial rock walls indoors and the real thing outdoors.

Sitting Volleyball

  • Sitting Volleyball (AKA Para Volleyball) is a sport played by people with lower body disabilities. It is similar to able bodied volleyball but with a smaller court, lowered net, and a rule that your butt must be touching the floor whenever making a play on the ball.
  • Countries compete in sitting volleyball in the Summer Paralympic Games. It is governed in the US by USA Volleyball.

Tennis

Stand-Up Adaptive Tennis

  • Stand Up Adaptive Tennis (AKA TAP) is played by athletes with amputations or other disabilities which alter their athletic ability but still allow them to compete on their feet.
  • Read about the 2017 TAP World Tour event in Houston Texas.

Wheelchair Tennis

  • Wheelchair tennis is a Summer Paralympic sport which is very similar to its able bodied counterpart. The biggest rule difference is that the ball can bounce twice on each side of the court before the player hits it back.
  • Wheelchair Tennis has become increasingly recognized on the international stage with a world tour sponsored by UNIQLO.

Wheelchair Basketball

  • Wheelchair Basketball is one of the most well known adaptive sports out there. It is played on a standard basketball court with only minor rules changed from the able-bodied sport.
  • There are well established leagues in the US, run by the National Wheelchair Basketball Association, from youth championships to college tournaments to adult leagues, as well as professional leagues developing overseas.

Wheelchair Rugby

  • Wheelchair Rugby (AKA Quad Rugby, Murderball) is a fast-paced collision sport played in specially designed wheelchairs. The sport was initially created for athletes with spinal cord injuries and players are rated based on the level of function they have. It is a combination of rugby and team handball played by teams of 5 on a basketball court. One point is scored by wheeling across the goal line. Players can collide into each other to impede their progress and try to steal the ball.

Wheelchair Motocross (WCMX)

  • Wheelchair Motocross (AKA WCMX) is essentially riding and doing skatepark tricks in a push wheelchair. It is exciting and thrilling and has been described as one of the fastest growing wheelchair sports.

Paralympic Games

The Paralympic Games are one of the most watched sporting events in history and are easily the most recognized adaptive sporting event. They are held every two years in the same cities and venues as the Olympic Games.

Summer Sports

ArcheryRowing
Athletics (Track and FieldShooting Para Sport
BadmintonSitting Volleyball
BocciaSwimming
CanoeTable Tennis
CyclingTaekwondo
EquestrianWheelchair Basketball
Football 5-a-sideWheelchair Fencing
GoalballWheelchair Rugby
JudoWheelchair Tennis
Powerlifting

Winter Sports

Alpine SkiingIce Hockey (Sled Hockey)
BiathlonSnowboard
Cross-Country SkiingWheelchair Curling