SPORTS

OUR SPORTS PROGRAMS

Adaptive Sports USA focuses on the sports of archery, athletics (track & field), powerlifting, shooting, swimming and table tennis. An infrastructure is in place to support each sport through a national Sport Technical Committee or National Governing Body representative as well as a regional representative per sport covering the eastern, central and western states. These representatives have expertise in coaching and/or program and event development and are available to assist our chapter members, athletes and the general public.

Many of our chapter members nationwide offer local sport training opportunities in these sports as well as regional and national competitions. These sports are appropriate for athletes through all stages of sport development from a grassroots, recreational athlete to a competitive athlete with a goal of international competition.

Sport-specific information on the Adaptive Sports USA focus sports of archery, athletics (track and field), powerlifting, shooting, swimming and table tennis can be found on the applicable page.

archery
archery

The first archery competition for those with physical impairments was held at the Stoke Mandeville Hospital in 1948, and it was one of the original Paralympic sports at the Rome 1960 Paralympic games.

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powerlifting
powerlifting

Powerlifting has been part of the Paralympic Games since 1964. Powerlifting for athletes with disabilities involves the discipline of the bench press.

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shooting
shooting

Air gun competitive shooting has been part of the Paralympic Games since Toronto in 1976. Shooting is a test of skill and mental discipline, in which competitors use pneumatic rifles and pistols to fire a series of shots at a paper target.

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swimming
swimming

Swimming was one of eight sports practiced at the first Paralympic Games in 1960 in Rome, and is now one of the most popular.

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table tennis
table tennis

Table tennis has been part of the Paralympic program since the inaugural Games in 1960, and has been a vital part of the regional and national sports offerings in the US since the start of the National Wheelchair Games in 1956.

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Track & Field (Athletics)
Track & Field (Athletics)

Athletics was included in the competition program of the first Paralympic Games in 1960 in Rome, and is one of the most popular Paralympic sports.

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sports technical & national governing body representatives

Our STC/NGB representatives handle the approval of Adaptive Sports USA sanctioned events, and can assist you with equipment, classification, and sport-specific inquiries.

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