It’s no secret that physical activity is essential to over good health regardless of whether or not you have a disability. Adaptive sports are focused on cultivating a person’s ability and provide enjoyable, yet therapeutic, activities in a non-treatment setting.
Abilities Expo is honored to present a variety of interactive, health-enhancing, confidence-building adaptive sports. Come and test your skills and expand your experiences at the following fun events.
All Day Every Day
Presented by Mary Carol Peterson, OT, Invacare Top End
Hand cycling is a form of adaptive cycling that enables athletes of all abilities to ride a "bike" exclusively using the upper body. Unlike many other adaptive sports handcycling works to create integrated cycling opportunities for wheelchair users and athletes with lower-mobility impairments. Enjoy this opportunity to try a hand cycle for yourself! Friday's session will specifically focus on what clinicians need to know to confidently prescribe the right handcycle for their patients and Sat. and Sunday will be targeted to consumers of all levels from beginner to elite levels.
Learn more at topendwheelchair.com.
Friday, March 14, 2014
12:00pm – 12:45pm
Presented by Athens Inclusive Recreation and Sports, a BlazeSports Affiliate
In the early days of the sport wheelchair basketball was only played by men with spinal cord injuries. Today it's changed significantly with both men and women and a variety of disabilities, competing in the sport. Many of the same rules from able-bodied basketball apply in the wheelchair game. The plays and strategies are similar. In addition there are special rules in place to adapt to disability. The National Wheelchair Basketball Association (NWBA) governs all aspects of the game in the United States. Learn more at airs-ga.org and blazesports.org.
1:00pm – 1:30pm
Paralympic Fencing Demonstration
Presented by Fencing Star Academy
Be a part of this FIRST at Abilities Expo! Fencers will demonstrate paralympic fencing, showing the equipment used and explaining the options and elements of the sport. Yes, there will be an opportunity for attendees to try it for themselves! Fencing for athletes in wheelchairs was first introduced by Sir Ludwig Guttmann in 1953 and has been a part of the Paralympic program since the Rome 1960 Paralympic Games. Men and women with amputations, spinal-cord injuries and cerebral palsy are eligible to compete in foil epee (men and women) and saber (men) events. Their wheelchairs are fastened to the floor during competition. Learn more at fencingstaracademy.com and paralympic.org/wheelchair-fencing.
Saturday, March 15, 2014
2:45pm – 3:30pm
Power Soccer Demo
Presented by the U.S. Power Soccer Association
Watch and learn as US Power Soccer Association players demonstrate and train attendees on the techniques of power wheelchair soccer. Discover this very active and growing sport that is open to power wheelchair users of all ages. See how players combine their skills as wheelchair users with the speed and power of the chair itself, to participate in this extremely challenging game similar to soccer. Then try the sport out for yourself and learn where you can get involved in the Atlanta area. Learn more about power soccer at www.powersoccerusa.net.
3:45pm – 4:30pm
Henry County Wheelchair Sports through Henry County Parks and Recreation
Players from the Atlanta Area will be on-hand to demonstrate Wheelchair Tennis and teach attendees who would like to learn more. A focus of this year's demonstration will be the inclusiveness of tennis with a Run/Roll Exhibition that pairs a wheelchair user with an able-bodied partner in a doubles format of play. Wheelchair Tennis is one of the fastest growing wheelchair sports in the world. It follows the same rules as able-bodied tennis except the wheelchair tennis player is allowed two bounces of the ball. There is a growing demand for Adaptive Sports like Wheelchair Tennis, which offer people of all abilities an outlet to play sports both recreationally and competitively. Resources will be provided for where attendees can play in the Atlanta region. For more information visit hcprd.org.
Sunday, March 16, 2014
12:00pm – 12:45pm
Goal Ball Demonstration
Presented by Athens Inclusive Recreation and Sports
In the sport of Goal Ball participants compete in teams of three, and try to throw a ball that has bells embedded in it into the opponents' goal. Teams alternate throwing or rolling the ball from one end of the playing area to the other, and players remain in the area of their own goal in both defense and attack. Players must use the sound of the bell to judge the position and movement of the ball. Blindfolds allow partially sighted players to compete on an equal footing with blind players. Attendees will have an opportunity to watch a demo of the game as well as try it out for themselves. Learn more at airs-ga.org, an organization that encourages inclusive sports.