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4 Of The Most Popular Sports For Wheelchair Users
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4 Of The Most Popular Sports For Wheelchair Users

Far too many able-bodied people see individuals in wheelchairs as being burdened and unable to have fun. But a surge in the popularity of wheelchair sports has painted an entirely different picture of how some people in wheelchairs spend their free time.

Here are just a few of the more popular sports enjoyed by men and women in wheelchairs. 

Wheelchair Basketball

This is without a doubt the most popular wheelchair sport there is. The sport was started in 1956 and gained steam from there, where it was introduced in the Wheelchair Games. Many people don’t know that this sport is so popular that there is actually a Wheelchair Basketball Federation that manages and oversees the sport.

From free-spirited games at the gym to highly competitive league games, wheelchair basketball can be just as exciting and nail-biting as traditional basketball.

Bocce Ball

This addictive game is perhaps best known for being played in the backyard during summer cookouts, but there are some die hard enthusiasts out there. As of late, it has grown in popularity among those in wheelchairs as a comfortable yet competitive sport. In fact, it was added to the Special Olympics several years ago because of its popularity.

Wheelchair Tennis

This is a great sport for those looking for a challenge. The rules and scope of the game are basically the same as regular tennis. If you’re looking to get into the world of wheelchair tennis, you’ll need to make sure your wheelchair is in good shape, as it is a fast-paced game that requires speedy movements and great reflexes.

Wheelchair Rugby

Wheelchair rugby is without a doubt the most intense of the wheelchair spots on this list. While the rules are slightly different for the wheelchair version, the contact is just about the same, as is the speed and competitiveness. This is a wheelchair sport that is definitely not for the faint of heart!

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    Hey, very nice site. I came across this on Google, and I am stoked that I did. I will definitely be coming back here more often. Wish I could add to the conversation and bring a bit more to the table, but am just taking in as much info as I can at the moment. Thanks for sharing. <a href="http://www.wheelchairindia.com/3/Ultra-Lightweight-Wheelchair">Wheelchair Lightweight</a> Keep Posting:)
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  4. wheelchairindia
    wheelchairindia
    Hey, very nice site. I came across this on Google, and I am stoked that I did. I will definitely be coming back here more often. Wish I could add to the conversation and bring a bit more to the table, but am just taking in as much info as I can at the moment. Thanks for sharing. <a href="http://www.wheelchairindia.com/3/Ultra-Lightweight-Wheelchair">Wheelchair Lightweight</a> Keep Posting:)
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  5. FayByrne
    My son got into a car accident last year and has lost the use of his legs. He used to be really athletic and he really likes sports. Right now, I am trying to encourage him to play sports in his wheelchair. I would definitely like him to get involved with basketball or rugby, but how soon after an injury should someone get involved in these sports? http://www.actionhealthcare.ca/mobility.aspx
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  6. FayByrne
    My son got into a car accident last year and has lost the use of his legs. He used to be really athletic and he really likes sports. Right now, I am trying to encourage him to play sports in his wheelchair. I would definitely like him to get involved with basketball or rugby, but how soon after an injury should someone get involved in these sports? http://www.actionhealthcare.ca/mobility.aspx
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