MS Monday: The Paralympics!

The Games are almost here! In two days, Paralympians from all over the world will compete in 21 different sports to find out who is the best of the best! However, if you live in the United States, you’ll only be able to watch the games online. Coverage of the games will be available at the US Paralympics YouTube channel and streaming on the International Paralympic Committee’s website, With so many sports to pick from, how will you decide which ones to watch? Here are my recommendations.

Wheelchair Rugby

Wheelchair Rugby is intense!

Have you ever watched a traditional rugby game where the players just clobber each other? It’s like that only with big metal wheelchairs! If you’ve ever watched the movie Murderball, then you know what I’m talking about. The rules of the games is as follows:

  • The aim of Wheelchair Rugby is to take the ball over the opponent’s goal line – for this to count two wheels of the chair must cross the line, and the athlete must be in control of the ball, which may be held in their lap. Contact between wheelchairs is permitted, but physical contact is outlawed. From when they gain possession, a team has just 40 seconds to score a goal. The result is a fast-moving sport that requires plenty of skill and toughness from its athletes.
  • Players may not have more than three players in their key area while defending their goal line, and an attacking player may not be in the opposition key area for longer than 10 seconds.
  • Players may throw, bat or roll the ball, but kicking it is not allowed.
  • A match consists of four eight-minute quarters, with the clock stopped every time there is a stoppage in play. With breaks, time-outs and stoppages, matches typically last about an hour and a quarter. In the event of a tie, extra periods of three minutes are played until the tie is broken.


UroMed recently featured a story of a former Wheelchair Rugby Gold Medalist. Click here to read Bryan Kirkland’s story. 


Dressage is an amazing sport. The horse and rider have to work together for years to become synchronous in the fine art of horse dancing.

In the Paralympics, athletes compete in 3 tests: “a Team Test (with three to four riders per team), an Individual Championship Test, and a Freestyle Test, for which athletes choose their own movements and music. Through the tests, horse and rider must be in harmony, and the overall picture must be of lightness and rhythm.” (

Sitting Volleyball

Athletes must keep part of the body between the buttocks and shoulder on the ground whenever a shot is attempted. (photo source:

Sitting Volleyball is a sport I’ve never seen before but it has actually been around since the 1980 Paralympic Games. According to the IPC, “Sitting Volleyball was introduced to the world at the Arnhem 1980 Paralympic Games. It requires a smaller court (10m x 6m) and a lower net, and the game is considerably faster than standing volleyball. It’s played in a best-of-five set format, and the first to reach 25 points (with at least a 2-point lead) wins the game. Teams consist of mixed classes in male and female events, with six on the court at a time. At all times, an athletes’ pelvis must be touching the ground, and service blocks are allowed.”



Bert Burns at the 1992 Paralympics

No, there isn’t a sport called Athletics; it’s just the umbrella category for all the track and field events, and is divided into 3 categories:

1. Track events: sprints, middle distance, long distance events and relays.
2. Field events: throwing and jumping.
3. Road events: the Marathon.

In case you didn’t know this, UroMed founder, Bert Burns, won a gold medal in the 1992 Paralympic Games!

For more on the Paralympic Games, check out next week’s MS Monday post. I’ll be introducing you to some awesome Paralympic athletes – and all have MS! 

MS Monday Motivational Moments

Keeping in the spirit of the Paralympics, here are some ads we found from past games. I think they’re pretty awesome, do you?

About the Author: Lindsey Beacham, from Atlanta, serves as Marketing Coordinator for UroMed. She graduated from Auburn University with a B.A. in Criminology and from Georgia State University with a B.B.A in Marketing. When she’s not busy with marketing or studying for additional degrees, she enjoys cooking, reading, and spending time with her family.

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