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Embracing Differences

By Ace Winget

Gradually cultures change their views and ways with time. Differences and handicaps in people were once feared, but now they are embraced. The Special Olympics and Paralympics were invented through this embrace for the handicapped individuals.

Another way that people have embraced differences is through wheelchair or scooter sports. These sports were made because individuals that are disabled have a right to play sports and participate in competitions. There is some modifications in the sports to adjust for the handicaps.

There are a lot of choices in wheelchair sports. Racing, basketball, tennis, table tennis, baseball, football, hockey, bowling, and badminton are just some of the many options. Each sport requires a use of either a manual wheelchair or electric wheelchair or scooter.

The wheelchairs that are used for sports are made differently than the medical ones. One modification is that the wheels on the wheelchair or scooter are angled for more stability. The chairs were designed for speed and easy maneuverability.

The popular wheelchair sports are basketball and tennis. Basketball for individuals in wheelchairs began in the year 1956. Wheelchair tennis then started up by Brad Parks in the 1970s.

Wheelchair basketball went International in 1973. The committee that oversees the International basketball is International Wheelchair Basketball Federation. There is a number classification system that ranks the severity of the handicapped to ensure fairness.

The only difference between basketball and wheelchair basketball is the rule for traveling. Players in wheelchair basketball are traveling when they receive the ball and touch their wheels more than two times. The ball must be shot, bounced, or passed before a player can touch the wheelchair’s wheels again.

Two or four people can play tennis in wheelchair tennis. The difference between regular tennis and wheelchair tennis is that the players are in wheelchairs. It is very important that the wheelchairs are easy to maneuver.

Alpine Home Medical carries scooters, stair lifts, vehicle lifts, lift chairs, wheelchairs, respiratory equipment, bathroom safety equipment, and other mobility devices. We are dedicated to serving, supporting and improving the lives of our customers.

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Winget, Ace "Embracing Differences." Embracing Differences. 7 Jul. 2010. 13 Sep 2014 <>.

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