Spring Sports for Amputees
Who isn’t psyched for longer days, warmer temperatures, and the chance to get back out there and enjoy our favorite spring sports and activities? It’s also a great way to connect with other athletes and enjoy the camaraderie of taking on challenges together. If you’re ready to explore something new or are a more recent amputee ready to get active, you probably have some questions about your options, what you’ll need, and where you can go to find the resources and programs that are just right for you. To help, we’ve put together a list of some of our favorite resources with the information and sports activities guaranteed to help get athletes at any level back on the field.
Disabled Sports USA has valuable information on many diverse sports – both the popular and a little off the beaten path (Boccia anyone?). This is a great place to start with questions on what to expect and what preparation/equipment you will need. Be sure to check out adaptive sport locations here.
Adaptive Sports New England is dedicated to encouraging more participation in sports among youth and those with visual or mobility challenges. Here you’ll find a regional calendar with events ranging from basketball to archery. Want to get inspired? Check out this page of New England athletes who competed for Team USA in the 2016 Paralympics.
New England Disabled Sports (NEDS) declares “Where Boundaries Are Broken” on their home page, embracing the power of sport to affirm and strengthen. Check out warm weather sports such as rock climbing, kayaking, and cycling here.
Northeast Passage (NEP) is the service branch of UNH’s Recreation Management Department. They offer recreational therapy, equipment rentals, and much more. Their calendar lists many recreational opportunities, many of which include equipment. You’ll want to sign up early to make sure you secure your spot.
So, what are you waiting for? Grab your sunscreen and shades and get out there!