There are many adapted sports you can try, like this sit-ski!
Sports and recreation activities provide a means of reintegration into the community following a spinal cord injury, an opportunity to make new friends while receiving invaluable peer support, and health benefits through physical activity. Whether it’s a once- a-week pick-up basketball game, or a lifelong passion that results in a Paralympic gold medal, participating in adapted sports can greatly increase your quality of life. Here are a few contacts to get you started.
Physical Activity Guidelines for Adults with SCI
Physical activity plays a critical role in overall health. The loss of fitness and independence associated with physical inactivity greatly impacts quality-of-life and community participation for people with SCI. In fact, the leading causes of death among people with SCI are chronic diseases, such as heart disease or type 2 diabetes, which are often caused by physical inactivity. Physical Activity Guidelines for Adults with SCI are the first evidence-based guidelines to be developed specifically to support people with SCI in living healthier, more active lives. Visit the SCI Action Canada website to view the full guidelines.
The CWSA is a national sport organization representing wheelchair athletes which provides a national link for the development of wheelchair athletes and sports, at all levels and in all areas of the country. Provincial affiliates are linked on the CWSA website.
Wheelchair Basketball Canada
Wheelchair Basketball Canada is the national sports governing body responsible for the organization of wheelchair basketball in Canada. It is a non-profit, charitable organization that is the Canadian member to the International Wheelchair Basketball Federation. Click here to find your provincial affiliate for more information about wheelchair basketball clubs in your area.
Bridging the Gap
Bridging the Gap is a program specifically designed to help you become aware of the sport and recreation options available, and to try out wheelchair sports of your choice. Bridging the Gap hosts Have-a-Go Days that provide opportunities for individuals to experience a variety of wheelchair sports in a fun, supportive atmosphere. Current wheelchair athletes volunteer their time to demonstrate the sports and to let participants know about clinics and programs that are available to them. For information on Bridging the Gap programs in your community, click here.
Canadian Association for Disabled Skiing
The Canadian Association for Disabled Skiing (CADS) helps individuals with living with disabilities lead richer and fuller lives through active participation in recreational and competitive snow skiing and snowboarding. To find information about CADS programs in your province, click here.
Sledge Hockey (para hockey) follows the same rules as ice hockey, and offers a challenging workout in an exciting, team environment. Players sit on a sledge, which is a narrow platform with skate blades on the bottom, and propel themselves using two specially constructed hockey sticks with picks on the end. Players wear full hockey gear and the sledges can be adapted to meet the individual needs of each player. Click here to find information about sledge hockey clubs in your area.