If you engage in an individual sport, you can train whenever, wherever and however you like. Alternatively, you can join a club or a group for scheduled training sessions. This also gives people with and without disabilities the option to train together in many different sports. In general, you can be much more flexible about training than is the case with team sports. However, this also means you’re more personally responsible for the way you train and for staying motivated.
Many athletics events have been adapted and use approved devices so people with different types of disabilities can participate. Athletics events differentiate between those held on the track (e.g., 100-m sprint), those held on the road (e.g., marathon) and those held on the field (e.g., long jump, shot put). In order to compare performance more fairly, athletes are divided into disability categories when competing. Many sports clubs offer inclusive athletics training for people with and without disabilities.
Tennis is a fascinating sport for people of any age and gender. You can play outdoors or indoors, single, double or mixed – and with or without a wheelchair. Tennis is fun and soon gives you a sense of achievement; it also helps you become more coordinated and flexible.
Table tennis is an extremely dynamic sport that can be played by people with a wide range of disabilities. Conventional table tennis rules apply, but minor exceptions are made with regard to wheelchairs and leaning on the table. Top players who are confined to wheelchairs not only train with players who are on foot, but even compete with them in classic table tennis contests. Beginners and amateurs can use a standard, everyday wheelchair. If a player has impaired grip (e.g., tetraplegia), the table tennis bat can be fixed to the hand.
Draw the bow, aim at the target, focus on the bull’s eye – and fire the arrow. It might look perfectly simple at first glance, but success requires a great deal of perseverance, practice and concentration. Wheelchair users and athletes without disabilities stand equal chances of success, so they can train and compete on an equal footing. Inexpensive and easily manageable bows are available for beginners. Archery clubs and rifle clubs offer introductory courses, and you can train indoors, outdoors, alone or in a group.