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How can parents find wheelchair sports activities?

How can parents find wheelchair sports activities?

Sara Klaas, MSW

Director, Spinal Cord Injury Service, Shriners Hospital for Children, Chicago

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There are many wonderful wheelchair sports activities, from team sports like wheelchair basketball and rugby, to individual sports like wheelchair tennis. The Internet has been a wonderful option for parents; it makes finding those activities much ea... Show More

There are many wonderful wheelchair sports activities, from team sports like wheelchair basketball and rugby, to individual sports like wheelchair tennis. The Internet has been a wonderful option for parents; it makes finding those activities much easier now. And in addition, any rehabilitation center should be able to help give you a listing of services and wheelchair sports specifically that are available in and around your area. For some families that live in rural areas, finding a team sport can be a little bit more difficult. They may have to travel an hour, two hours to participate in a team sport. And when those things aren't available, or families aren't interested in that travel time, we always want to remind people you can play sports that aren't team-based. So, your child can go out and play wheelchair tennis on the tennis courts across the street with an able-bodied peer any time. So, we want to encourage those families who are interested in wheelchair sports to see it in the broad range that it is offered, and know that sometimes that's a sport activity you may do team-wise, and sometimes it's just encouraging your child to use the resources and facilities in your local area.

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How can parents find wheelchair sports activities?

Sara Klaas, MSW

Director, Spinal Cord Injury Service, Shriners Hospital for Children, Chicago

More Videos by Sara Klaas
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There are many wonderful wheelchair sports activities, from team sports like wheelchair basketball and rugby, to individual sports like wheelchair tennis. The Internet has been a wonderful option for parents; it makes finding those activities much easier now. And in addition, any rehabilitation center should be able to help give you a listing of services and wheelchair sports specifically that are available in and around your area. For some families that live in rural areas, finding a team sport can be a little bit more difficult. They may have to travel an hour, two hours to participate in a team sport. And when those things aren't available, or families aren't interested in that travel time, we always want to remind people you can play sports that aren't team-based. So, your child can go out and play wheelchair tennis on the tennis courts across the street with an able-bodied peer any time. So, we want to encourage those families who are interested in wheelchair sports to see it in the broad range that it is offered, and know that sometimes that's a sport activity you may do team-wise, and sometimes it's just encouraging your child to use the resources and facilities in your local area.

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