Those interested in a high-energy, high-impact and highly-competitive adapted sport may find the wheelchair rugby program to be a good fit. Meeting weekly at the Greater Loch Raven Recreation Center in Parkville, MD, wheelchair rugby players come out to learn the game through demonstrations and practices, improve their skills through monthly scrimmages and compete in local invitation-only tournaments. The program remains active year-round on Wednesday evenings and accommodates beginner and skilled / advanced players.
Designed specifically for quadriplegic individuals (all four extremities are impacted), the wheelchair rugby program is open to both men and women over the age of 18. Adapted wheelchairs suited for the game are provided and there is no cost to participate.
"Some people with the diagnosis of quadriplegia feel that they won't have the ability to participate in many aspects of life, let alone be involved in a competitive sport like rugby," said Andrea Garrett, wheelchair rugby program coordinator. "Adapted sports create a feeling of camaraderie, motivation for competition and a physical outlet."
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On Dec. 22, 2014, the UM Rehabilitation & Orthopaedic Institute hosted the inaugural Quad Rugby Tournament, which featured Maryland Mayhem, UM Rehabilitation & Orthopaedic Institute's quad rugby team. Tournament recap »
For further information about the wheelchair rugby program, and to register for the next clinic, please call Andrea Garrett, CTRS, at 410-448-6251.