Quadriplegics and Sports

Yes, You Can Play!

Many people think that actively participating in sports is over once they become a quadriplegic.  Adaptive equipment for quadriplegics, including environmental control units for disabled individuals, have made it possible to do more than ever before. Communication devices for quadriplegics have even given a person who has lost their ability to speak the freedom to talk once again.  Quadriplegic assistive technology has advanced so much over the years that what once seemed impossible is now possible.  Participating in high impact sports is one area where adaptive equipment for quadriplegics has made a significant difference.  Let’s take a look at some sports that are popular with quadriplegics:

  1. Quad Rugby – aka Murderball: This fast-paced sport is probably one of the most popular to play and watch.  The 2005 movie, Murderball brought even more attention to this action-packed sport which is played indoors on a hard court.  The game, which is an adaptation of traditional rugby, permits and even encourages physical contact between wheelchairs as individuals compete to score goals for their team.
  1. Power Soccer – This twist on traditional soccer features players going head to head to score goals in electric wheelchairs. The United States Power Soccer Association is the governing body of this competitive team sport.
  1. Wheelchair Bowling – Advances in adaptive equipment for quadriplegics has made it possible for an individual with any level of disability to participate in this popular sport.
  1. Canoeing/Kayaking – Canoeing and kayaking are also sports that benefit from adaptive equipment for quadriplegics. Boats can be outfitted to allow all levels of quadriplegics to participate.

Accessibility Services, Inc. (ASI) promotes and encourages quadriplegics to regain their independence.  Do you or a quadriplegic you know play a sport?  If so, please send us pictures and we will post them on our website.