Sports for people with disabilities

Access to sport for disabled people is an area that has been of central attention in recent years, as the government presses for all people to have access to much needed physical exercise. There are now many initiatives organised by local authorities, as well as the added bonus of many charities offering their support. It is often the case that local sports centres are offering specialised sports equipment and facilities for people with disabilities.

Accordingly, there has been an apparent rise in the number of disabled sports teams and the standards have increased to a very high level.

The benefits of sports participation

It is not only the physical benefits of sport and exercise for disabled people that make it so important. Participating in team-based sports can also help bring people together and unite communities, and help people to know that they are not alone. New friendships can be forged and you can have fun while you get much needed exercise, an act that is important for everybody. With major events like the Paralympics becoming more widely known, there has subsequently been a rise in the number of people wishing to try out these excellent sports.

What disabled sports are there?

There are a range of sports available for disabled people to partake in, though they are altered from what many of us will normally know. They include:

  • Swimming: Swimming is one of the most easily accessible sports for disabled people. This is because the water places little strain on the muscles and joints. What's more, swimming can help to improve circulation, ease tension and reduce any back pain.
  • Fishing: It may not seem like the most obvious form of exercise, but this is a great way to get outdoors and can also be quite therapeutic.
  • Athletics: As previously mentioned, the Paralympics is now widely known due to media coverage and there is a range of track and field events that you can choose to partake in. The events you will find are specifically tailored for disabled people, though they are still very demanding on the body and mind.
  • Basketball: This is a fiercely competitive sport and is done in wheelchairs. The rules are slightly different from the basketball played in the NBA, but this is one of the fastest growing disabled sports in the UK. It is also included in the Paralympics.
  • Football: There are different types of football for different disabilities, but this is a form of exercise that can bring about real physical benefits and is great for building self-confidence and leadership skills.