Wheelchair Sports: Find Someone Who Has Done What You Want To Do

Editor’s Note: At age 42, Scot Hollonbeck is more of an athlete than ever before, even after his spinal cord injury at age 14. Hollonbeck has learned that if he continues to exercise and compete, he feels better, is happier and is more successful. If he knows what he wants to do and focuses on that, then he doesn’t have time to focus on what he can’t do or accomplish. Part 3 of a 5-part series.

Scot Hollonbeck did his research and found out how he can successfully participate in sports.

Scot Hollonbeck did his research and found out how he can successfully participate in sports.

 The simplest way to learn how to adapt your body and know what kind of equipment you need to exercise or to compete in a sport is to find someone who has the same disability you do, and learn what they do to adapt to that particular exercise or sport.

For instance, if you’re a paraplegic and you want to swim the best you possibly can, then you need to find someone who has the same disability as you who has solved this problem. You need to go on the internet, do your research and locate someone out there who already has decided how a paraplegic swims better. I googled, “swimming paraplegic.” I also went to http://www.usaswimming.com and found that they had a list of swim coaches for disabled swimmers. I called and talked to some of those people.

When I decided to do triathlons, I researched who already had done triathlons in wheelchairs and learned how they did it. When you do this type of research, be as specific as you can about the disability that you have and the sport in which you want to compete.

With wheelchair racing, if someone is a quadriplegic, he or she has different problems and concerns and must use different training methods than a person does who is a double-legged amputee. You want to get information for training and exercising from the people who have the same challenges you do.

Another helpful hint is to put the city where you live in your search. Then you may find someone in your area that you can talk to and get information from and with whom you also can train. I’ve found that having someone to talk with face-to-face or possibly meet with is really neat. Be specific about the exercises you want to participate in, or the sport you want to learn with the disability that you have.
Finding people with a similar disability is beneficial.

Finding people with a similar disability is beneficial.

For example, last year I decided I wanted to do yoga. So, I needed to get some information to find out if there was anyone who was paralyzed and doing yoga. When I googled, “Yoga paralyzed instructor,” I found a fellow who was paraplegic and trained yoga instructors.

About the Author: For the last 12 years, John E. Phillips of Vestavia, Alabama, has been a professional blogger for major companies, corporations and tourism associations throughout the nation. During his 24 years as Outdoor Editor for “The Birmingham Post-Herald” newspaper, he published more than 7,000 newspaper columns and sold more than 100,000 of his photos to newspapers, magazines and internet sites. He also hosted a radio show that was syndicated at 27 radio stations; created, wrote and sold a syndicated newspaper column that ran in 38 newspapers for more than a decade; and wrote and sold more than 30 books. Learn more at http://www.nighthawkpublications.com

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One Response to Wheelchair Sports: Find Someone Who Has Done What You Want To Do

  1. Sunplay says:

    Very inspiring stuff! This makes me want to get out there and exercise!

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