Q: What are Adapted Sports?
A: Adapted sports are sports played by people with disabilities. Special equipment modifications allow a person with physical limitations to participate in a sport they enjoy, as an individual or as part of a team of people who have similar goals.
Q: Who is eligible to participate?
A: Each adapted sport has unique eligibility guidelines (outlined on each program page of this website). The programs offered through the University of Maryland Rehabilitation & Orthopaedic Institute are open to current patients, former patients, family members and friends and the community at large. We encourage able-body athletes to participate in our programs alongside those with disabilities.
Q: How does participation in Adapted Sports help a disabled person?
A: Research shows that those who participate in an adapted sports program experience a number of benefits - physical, psychological, emotional and social in nature. In addition to building strength and improving range of motion, flexibility and endurance, many athletes that have participated in our program have told us that being involved has greatly improved their overall quality of life. They enjoy bonding with others who have similar interests and share mutual challenges, as well as the ongoing opportunity to take part in a sport that they are either learning, or returning to.
Q: What programs are available?
A: The University of Maryland Rehabilitation & Orthopaedic Institute offers wheelchair basketball, wheelchair rugby and adapted golf programs. We also sponsor a one-day Adapted Sports Festival each Fall to introduce various sports to disabled individuals, and allow each to “test the waters” to see which kinds of activities are most interesting.
Q: How can I get started?
A: To learn more about our adapted sports programs or to register for an upcoming clinic, please contact the sport's program coordinator directly. Each coordinator's contact information is available on the specific page of this website that is dedicated to each sport.