Many adapted sports are designed to be performed in particular conditions, be they indoor or outdoor, on one type of track or another, whether for more speed or greater stability... Which is why different models of sports wheelchairs have been adapted to incorporate different features into their designs.
Whether you are considering practising a sport in either an amateur or a professional capacity, it is important to know about the different types of sports wheelchairs available on the market.
My name is Andrea Schütt and since 2010 I rely on a manual power assist wheelchair I call ‘Mücke’ (German for ‘mosquito’, usually a nickname for something or someone being small and fast). Here I am again. Has it really been already a year since the last time I sat down and wrote about my previous experiences of W:O:A in a wheelchair? Man! How time flies!
Wheelchair accessories have been created specifically to improve your quality of life: they are useful, facilitate your mobility and independence and, ultimately, provide you with a good dose of comfort. Choosing them depends on the needs of each individual and, of course, on the type of wheelchair, although many of them are available for manual wheelchairs as well as electric wheelchairs and scooters.
Sport favours the rehabilitation, normalisation and integration of people with disabilities, as well as being a complement to an active life and a positive element in establishing a truly accessible society.
But achieving this unity between sports and disability is not always easy. Adapted sports require the support of many people (supervisors, health professionals, other athletes, psychologists, therapists, etc.) to create sound infrastructures, and that is why it is so important to be aware of the benefits of pairing sports with disability.
My name is Mitch St. Pierre, I have osteogenesis imperfecta, or in other words, my bones are brittle as glass so I use a wheelchair. I know what you must be thinking, what on earth would a person with my condition be doing in a Cambodian jungle, miles from civilization on a wheelchair? Well let's say I'm an adventurous soul. I was here in the jungle, north of Cambodia with my good friend from Canada, Shawn, and our new friend Max who had been working at my hotel.