Sweating, giving it your all, exercising outdoors and enjoying nature, scoring a point with the team, celebrating, training, learning new movements, waiting attentively for the starting pistol, forgetting the time as you are doing laps … Whether you have paraplegia or tetraplegia, you can do sports in your wheelchair, and there are a variety of types of sports and options available. Being confined to a wheelchair does not preclude you from sports or athletic activities.
Doing regular exercise in a wheelchair can have a positive impact on the cardiovascular system if it is done at the appropriate intensity. Exercise helps to maintain your weight, strengthens your muscles and can, thus, prevent associated diseases and improve your quality of life. Exercise and training can help you to switch off from your day-to-day routine.
In addition, sports make it easier to meet people and, as a result, to share tips and tricks for life in a wheelchairs with other (experienced) wheelchair users.
Enquire with your local wheelchair club about the sports facilities and opportunities available in your region
Here is a short list of the sports which can be pursued in Switzerland, either for training or in competition
- Ice hockey
- Water skiing
- Table tennis
- Cross-country skiing
- Shooting (pistols)
- Athletics (racing wheelchair)
- Skiing (mono-ski bob)
- Skydiving and paragliding