The Amazing Benefits of Bowling for Adaptive Athletes

Are you looking for a fun physical activity for your child?

Benefits of Adaptive Bowling for Special-needs athletes

What about a sport that is easy to learn, doesn’t depend on perfect weather, and has a social component the whole family can enjoy?

Maybe you are seeking an activity that also provides physical, emotional, and social benefits for a child or adaptive athlete.

If so, bowling could be your answer.

Physical Benefits of Bowling

Bowling is a wonderful low impact sport for nearly any age. Unlike sports like flag football, it provides physical activity and its associated benefits without being overly strenuous.

Some of the key physical benefits your child can enjoy as a result of bowling include built-in strength training, improvement in hand-eye coordination, and increased flexibility.

Built-In Strength Training

Think of a bowling ball as a spherical dumbbell. Each time your child lifts the ball and swings his arm to release it, his muscles are supporting the ball’s weight. Bowling provides a form of strength training for the upper body and core muscles, tendons, and ligaments.

Improvement In Hand-Eye Coordination

As your child learns to adjust his aim and line the ball up with the pins, he is improving his hand-eye coordination. Each time he releases the ball and observes where it goes, he gains feedback to use for his next attempt.

With coaching, he will learn effective techniques and develop muscle memory which is beneficial in everyday life.

Increased Flexibility

Flexibility is attained through physical activity and stretching. The motion of swinging the ball back and bringing the arm forward to release effectively stretches the arm, shoulder, and core. In a traditional bowling stance, the leg muscles stretch. Over time, the repetitive stretching improves flexibility.

Emotional Benefits of Bowling

Bowling provides emotional benefits as well as physical. Participating in bowling can result in your child experiencing increased levels of happiness and a sense of accomplishment.

Increased Happiness

Bowling is a generally laid back and happy sport. The bowling balls come in fun colors, and bowling alleys often play upbeat music. Combine this with the natural endorphins released during physical activity can put a smile on your child’s face and make bowling an activity that he looks forward to playing.

Sense Of Accomplishment

Seeing the ball knock over the pins provides instant gratification and satisfaction. As your child practices and his bowling skills improve, he will be able to see that improvement and enjoy the resulting sense of accomplishment.

Social Benefits of Bowling

Whether your child is an introvert or an extrovert, he can benefit from participating in social activities in a group setting. Bowling is an excellent way to encourage socialization in a relaxed, casual environment. Your child may build upon existing friendships and establish new ones while also improving his overall social skills.


Shared activities and interests are building blocks for existing and new friendships. Your child and his friends can look forward to spending time bowling together. As they cheer each other on and provide encouragement to teammates, their bond grows.

Improved Social Skills

Bowling incorporates elements of both individual and team sports. These two elements make it an ideal way for your child to practice social skills like taking turns, being supportive of others, and working together to accomplish a goal.

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