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Ryan – What adaptive sports interest you?

Ryan – What adaptive sports interest you?

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Right off the bat, I started playing wheelchair rugby. Actually, I was still in inpatient when I first started conditioning with the team, so I still had my collar on and everything. I wasn’t allowed to get hit but just the physical activity was aw... Show More

Right off the bat, I started playing wheelchair rugby. Actually, I was still in inpatient when I first started conditioning with the team, so I still had my collar on and everything. I wasn’t allowed to get hit but just the physical activity was awesome. It was, you know watching you think it’s so much easier than it is until you get out there. I remember the first time they put me in a scrimmage to play it was like the whole play went by and I said, “what just happened?” I could not figure it out then, pretty much still happens now. I’m not very good at it but I enjoy being out there. I have a racing chair, so I’m trying to figure out wheelchair racing a little bit just, so I can do a couple of races over the summer. It’s really just for, you know that cardio kind of aerobic, not so much – I’m not the most competitive person, so a competitive sport like that is, I can take it or leave it. But I enjoyed water sports before I got hurt, so I’m trying to take up waterskiing also. So, I want to really learn how to water ski independently so that way I can go out with friends. As far as sports go, I’d love to be able to do sports that able-bodied people can do also. So, tennis is really exciting to me, although I’m a quad, so it’s really hard for me to hold the tennis racket. But looking at a sport like that, it’s like you can play tennis against someone who is able-bodied, or you can go waterskiing with all your friends that might wakeboard or something like that. And you’re out there with everyone else, you’re not sitting on the sidelines watching.

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Ryan – What adaptive sports interest you?

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Injured in 2015 at age 25, quadriplegic
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Right off the bat, I started playing wheelchair rugby. Actually, I was still in inpatient when I first started conditioning with the team, so I still had my collar on and everything. I wasn’t allowed to get hit but just the physical activity was awesome. It was, you know watching you think it’s so much easier than it is until you get out there. I remember the first time they put me in a scrimmage to play it was like the whole play went by and I said, “what just happened?” I could not figure it out then, pretty much still happens now. I’m not very good at it but I enjoy being out there. I have a racing chair, so I’m trying to figure out wheelchair racing a little bit just, so I can do a couple of races over the summer. It’s really just for, you know that cardio kind of aerobic, not so much – I’m not the most competitive person, so a competitive sport like that is, I can take it or leave it. But I enjoyed water sports before I got hurt, so I’m trying to take up waterskiing also. So, I want to really learn how to water ski independently so that way I can go out with friends. As far as sports go, I’d love to be able to do sports that able-bodied people can do also. So, tennis is really exciting to me, although I’m a quad, so it’s really hard for me to hold the tennis racket. But looking at a sport like that, it’s like you can play tennis against someone who is able-bodied, or you can go waterskiing with all your friends that might wakeboard or something like that. And you’re out there with everyone else, you’re not sitting on the sidelines watching.

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