No matter where you go in the world you can find a competitive sport. In North America sports are a way of life. We grew up playing sports and if you weren't one of those lucky people that made it to the pros you cheered on your favorite professional team. We watch sports on our televisions and if you can’t catch the game at home you are following along on ESPN's phone application. Humans are drawn to athletic competition and always will.
Do you think people who have a disability have that same draw to athletics? If you answered yes you are right. Technology and knowledge has helped the disabled community show their ability in sports. Specialized wheelchairs have been designed for different sports. The equipment is lighter and stronger but the price isn't getting cheaper.
The start up cost for a disabled person to play basketball is forty times more expensive than an able bodied person. The difference is outrageously ridiculous. A specific sports wheelchair to a pair of basketball sneakers is the difference. Both types of people need shoes to participate and a wheelchair is pretty much shoes for a disabled person. If you know anything about markets you would understand more able bodied people play sports so the equipment is going to be cheaper. More companies competing in the market brings prices down. This is why adaptive equipment can be priced higher.
The disabled community is glad more adaptive sports nonprofits are popping up every year because they purchase equipment that you can use free of charge or for a small fee. This is easier for someone who can’t save up the same amount for a car as they would need to for some types of adaptive equipment. I want to give a shout out to sportsabilities.com for keeping the disabled community informed when it comes to the adaptive sports world. If you check out their website you can find actual dates, times and locations for almost every adaptive sport. I want everyone to know there are ways to scratch your competitive sports itch no matter how much money is in your bank account. Search for local adaptive sports nonprofits so that you can stay active even if you are a wheelchair user.
I can always help you find what you need if you need help. Don’t hesitate to contact me.