Extreme wheelchair sports have earned a unique distinction in the disabled mobility sports arena. Traditional wheelchair sports cover the spectrum from basketball to tennis and racing to golf. Yet, extreme sports have continued to evolve for risk-taking, adrenalin-seeking athletes who have a quest to continually push the barriers of what’s possible in life.
These athletes have served as role models of achievement and inspired others to take on challenges they otherwise would not have considered.
Organized clubs and events are heightening awareness and attracting more athletes to test their abilities with the sport.
Examples of Extreme Sports
Power wheelchair racing and chairing is growing in popularity and includes rail riding, stunting and street rides with ramps and other obstacles. Kartcross or adaptive ATV riding and racing.
Adaptive Surfing, a growing movement within the surfing community, is breaking down barriers and enabling individuals with physical disabilities to experience the joy, freedom, and healing power of riding the waves.
Adaptive snowmobiling, snowboarding and snow skiing are extreme sports that you can find in an increasing number of popular ski destinations. The most common types of adaptive ski techniques are two/four-track skiing, three-track skiing, mono-skiing and bi-skiing. Contact SitSki.com, as well as ski resorts, to learn about adaptive events, coaching and competition requirements. Sled hockey is another winter sports option for wheelchair users .
During the summer months, adaptive water skiing attracts wheelchair athletes who enjoy the speed and exhilaration of being pulled behind a boat on a sun-filled day. FourCross also offers excitement in warm weather with the increase in lift-assisted mountain bike parks. Other warm-weather extreme sports activities include skateboarding, surfing, jousting, paragliding, tandem skydiving and chair bunging.
If you are interested in participating in one or more extreme wheelchair sports, check out the list of organizations below. In addition, a comprehensive list of wheelchair sports organizations can be found by clicking here: Wheelchair Sports Associations.
EXTREME WHEELCHAIR SPORTS ORGANIZATIONS
Adaptive Action Sports
Challenged Athletes Foundation
Power Wheelchair Racing Association
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