Adaptive sports and 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 as well as a list of adaptive sports programs here. Please reach out to us if you have any questions!
- Power Soccer (AKA Powerchair Football) is a 4-on-4 form of soccer played on a basketball court by anyone that makes use of a power wheelchair. Players pass and shoot the larger-than-usual ball with a metal guard around the chair, aiming to move past defenders and the goalie. It is a fast-paced sport by any standards and is expanding rapidly around the country and around the world. Power Soccer is the sport that got Athletes Roll started and introduced us to adaptive sports!
- Check out our coverage of the 2017 USPSA Nationals, 2017 FIPFA World Cup, and more!
- Teams in the Northeast:
- Links to all registered teams in the US
- Sled Hockey (AKA Sledge Hockey) is a 5-on-5 sport with gameplay that nearly mirrors that of its able-bodied counterpart, ice hockey. Athletes sit in a seat (known as a bucket) that slides on the ice on two parallel skates and propel themselves with the ends of two shortened hockey sticks.
- Teams/Organizations in the Northeast:
- Links to all registered teams in the US
- 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.
- More info: Official USA Wheelchair Rugby Website
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 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 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 Motocross (WCMX)
- Wheelchair Motocross (AKA WCMX) is essentially BMX bike riding and skateboarding for wheelchair users.
- “Katherine Beattie isn’t afraid to fall – becoming the first woman to do a backflip in a wheelchair depended on it. As a leader in extreme wheelchair motocross (WCMX), where she performs adrenaline-pumping stunts in a specially designed chair, Beattie has become a trailblazer for her gender, and anyone with a disability, in this tough, rigorous – and most of all, thrilling – sport.”
The Paralympic Games are one of the most watched sporting events in history and one of the most recognized adaptive sporting events. They are held every two years following the Olympic Games in the same cities and venues.
Archery, Athletics (Track and Field), Badminton, Boccia, Canoe, Cycling, Equestrian, Football 5-a-side, Goalball, Judo, Powerlifting, Rowing, Shooting Para Sport, Sitting Volleyball, Swimming, Table Tennis, Taekwondo, Triathlon, Wheelchair Basketball, Wheelchair Fencing, Wheelchair Rugby, Wheelchair Tennis
Alpine Skiing, Biathlon, Cross-Country Skiing, Ice Hockey (Sled Hockey), Snowboard, Wheelchair Curling