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People choose sports based on what they enjoy and what they are able to do. It’s no different for someone with a spinal cord injury (SCI). Explore how to choose the best sport for you.
Depending on their interests and capabilities, people with a spinal cord injury can participate in many sports, including: basketball, rugby, fencing, rowing, sailing, swimming, curling, table tennis, badminton, tennis, weightlifting, fencing, golf, skiing and more.
The Paralympics reflects the diversity and popularity of these activities. For example, the 2016 World Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro featured over 4,300 physically challenged athletes from 160 countries, coming together to compete in more than 22 different sports.
Here are a few things to consider when choosing a sport:
The opportunities to participate in organised sports are nearly unlimited, even for people with a spinal cord injury. Take a little time to learn about what sports are available for you. Get fit and have fun!
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