For many people with spinal cord injuries and paralysis, it is painful to be unable to participate in favorite hobbies and activities, such as sports. However, there may still be options.
In our blog last week, we talked about a local Fort Collins teen who continued to find ways to play sports despite being paralyzed from the waist down. Adaptive sports can include activities such as sled hockey and wheelchair tennis. During the winter months, Colorado has dozens of adaptive sports activities, such as sledding and assisted skiing.
Adaptive sports are excellent for overcoming the psychological turmoil caused by paralysis and many other types of serious injuries. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) ran a study on how adaptive sports helped injured combat veterans improve their quality of life.
According to the VA study, stress, mood disturbances and symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder were reduced in veterans who participated in adaptive sports. VA studies have also shown that participants in adaptive sports rely less on antidepressants or other mood stabilizing drugs.
Where Can I Find Adaptive Sports in Colorado?
The Adaptive Sports Association in Durango, Colorado, is a community of people who are looking to share activities with other injured individuals. Ignite Adaptive Sports, located near Boulder, offers several winter activities such as skiing. The Adaptive Sports Center in Crested Butte offers instructional skiing and activities for warmer weather. Depending on your location, these activities may help lift the emotional burden of living with a spinal cord injury.