Sports & Rec — A Great Medicine

Reprinted from PN May 2005

Don't cross off enjoyable sports or recreational activities because you think you can't do them any more. What you think may not be possible now, actually is!

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If you enjoy bowling, try it without using any adaptive equipment. You may find you don't need a handleball, push stick, or bowling ramp. Photo by Curt Beamer.

Involvement in sports is a documented means to healthy minds and bodies. The physical, mental, and social values and benefits are widely accepted. Involvement is important to everyone—especially people with spinal-cord injuries/dysfunction (SCI/D) or other disabilities.

This article shares a three-step process that can help you get back into the swing of things, describing a variety of sports and recreational activities available to wheelers and offering tips on how to get started.

There's also information on the Paralyzed Veterans of America's (PVA's) Sport Program, whose mission is to improve the quality of life of paralyzed veterans and other people with disabilities by helping expand the quality and quantity of opportunities in sports and recreation, especially those activities that enhance lifetime health and fitness. For more information about the PVA Sports Program, visit the organization's Web site at


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