When your child is ready to join a team or showcase skills in an individual sport, adaptive sports organizations offer a unique opportunity to compete against others with a similar type of disability. Adaptive sports are competitive sports specifically for people with disabilities.
The rules of these sports allow the modifications necessary for people with disabilities to participate. For example, adaptive volleyball uses a lower net and all players sitting on the floor. Wheelchair basketball is another common adaptive team sport.
The beauty of adaptive sports is by grouping adaptive athletes into categories based on the type of level of impairment; you create a level playing field. The groupings negate the impact of the shared disability and instead allow all your child’s training, hard work, and dedication to excellence shine through.
For a child with competitive drive and lofty dreams, the Paralympics which is open to elite athletes having physical disabilities may be the next step.