Are you looking for ways to meet the recommendation of 20 minutes of moderate to vigorous aerobic activity, twice a week, and have fun — just play a sport!
Now, finding a sport to play, and a facility or club is only a click away. Below you will find 3 ways you can search for a sport, facility or club near you, and descriptions of some of the more popular sports.
Canadian Paralympic Committee
The Canadian Paralympic Committee (CPC) is a non-profit, charitable, private organization that is recognized by the International Paralympic Committee (IPC). The CPC delivers programs that strengthen the Paralympic Movement in Canada, including sending Canadian teams to the Paralympic Games. The CPC empowers persons with physical disabilities, through sport, at all levels.
Please visit the "Find A Club" page to see the parasport possibilities at your fingertips.
Canadian Wheelchair Sports Association
The Canadian Wheelchair Sports Association (CWSA), founded in 1967, is a national sport organization representing wheelchair athletes. It is an incorporated, not-for-profit, organization recognized by Sport Canada. In addition to its role as a developer of elite athletes, CWSA is a national and international voice for Canadian wheelchair athletes. CWSA also provides a national link for the development of wheelchair athletes and sports, at all levels and in all areas of the country.
Get In Motion — An SCI Action Canada Service
Get in Motion is a free telephone-based physical activity counseling service for Canadians with spinal cord injury. This Canada-wide service is supported by the Rick Hansen Institute. Get in Motion is designed to provide you with the information and support you may need to answer questions and meet personal physical activity goals.
Some Sports at a Glance
Below are some examples of sports you can participate in that would be fun and help you reach the recommendations set out in the Physical Activity Guidelines for Adults with SCI. They include:
Often referred to as Quad Rugby or “Murderball”, wheelchair rugby is a highly competitive, highly physical sport. Games consist of four 8-minute quarters, whereby teams of 4 attempt to carry the ball over the opposing teams goal line. Contact between wheelchairs is permitted and is an integral defensive component of the game. Athletes of all abilities are able to play as each player is assigned a class based on functional abilities (classes = 0.5, 1.0, 1.5, 2.0, 2.5, 3.0, 3.5). Each teams players must have a combined classification value of 8 or less.
Sledge hockey is a very popular winter sport in Canada and one of the most popular sporting events at the Paralympic winter games.It is a high paced, physically demanding sport for individuals with lower body physical disabilities. Games consist of three 15 minute periods and rules closely resemble that of traditional ice hockey with the exception of some alterations to the equipment used. Players use a double-bladed sledge, and 2 sticks with spikes to help propelthem on the ice and handle the puck.
“Wheelchair basketball is a fast-paced game played by two teams of 5 players where the object is to toss the ball throw the opposing teams basket. Every team is comprised of five players and seven substitutes. The match consists of four periods of ten minutes. After the first and the third period there is an interval of one minute. There is a 15-minute interval between the second and third period. If the score is tied at the end of playing time for the fourth period, the match will be continued with an extra period of five minutes or with as many such periods of five minutes as are necessary to break the tie.”
From: The Wheelchair Basketball Canada Website (www.wheelchairbasketball.ca)
Wheelchair Tennis is an individual or team summer sport. Wheelchair tennis is played on a standard tennis court and the rules are the same to that of traditional tennis with the exception that the ball is allowed to bounce twice before returning it. When a team or player fails return the ball withinthe boundaries of the opposing teams court thepoint is lost. Games are won when a side scores 4 points(and wins by 2 points).
Swimming is one of the longest standing accessible sports and is one of the most popular sports for competitors at the Paralympics. Swimmers compete in freestyle, backstroke, butterfly, and breast-stroke events in a standard 50m pool. During competition swimmers are placed into classifications from 1-10 based on abilities (1 = severe disability). Swimmers then race against individuals of similar abilities in races ranging from 50m to 400m.
“Wheelchair curlers play with the same rocks and on the same ice as regular curlers, though the rocks are thrown from a stationary wheelchair, and there is no sweeping. The great thing about wheelchair curling is that just about anyone with access to a wheelchair can play. I've shared the ice with paras, quads, amputees, post-polios, people with MS, spina bifida, guys recovering from strokes and a couple with conditions with names so long and convoluted they defy description. Age is no barrier either, and teams at national and international events played under World Curling Federation rules, are mixed gender.”
To read more, visit: www.wheelchaircurling.com/curling
These are just a few of the sports one can participate in. Figure out what sport you like, find a club, and just get out there. Meeting the recommendations in the Physical Activity Guidelines for Adults with SCI can be that easy, and a lot of fun.