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Sports and Recreation ResourcesCompiled by Bill Dupes

Disability doesn’t equal disabled, nor does amputation automatically mean the end of an active life. High-tech advances in prosthetics and rehabilitation methods are now enabling more and more amputees to return to participation in sports.

Lower-extremity amputee training in martial artsWalter Reed has selected Disabled Sports USA (DSUSA) as the lead agency in providing sports and recreation opportunities to help military amputees focus on their abilities, speed their recovery, and regain their self-confidence and mobility skills. With the cooperation of other organizations, such as the Wounded Warrior Project (www.dsusa.org/WoundedWarrior.html) and the Adaptive Sports Foundation (www.adaptivesportsfoundation.org), DSUSA provides opportunities for military amputees to try a variety of sports.

The following directory of disability sports offers a starting point for helping you get involved. For additional information or to find a sports organization near you, please contact the Amputee Coalition (888/267-5669) or one of the national sports organizations included in this list.

AQUATIC SPORTS

Canoeing

American Canoe Association – Disabled Paddlers

703/451-0141

www.acanet.org/sei-outreach.htm

 

Kayaking

Kayak Adventures

904/249-6200

www.kayakadventuresllc.com/disable.htm

 

Rowing

U.S. Rowing Association

800/314-4ROW

www.usrowing.org

 

Scuba trainingSailing

Access to Sailing

562/433-0561

www.accesstosailing.org

 

Sailing Web

www.footeprint.com/sailingweb

 

Sailors with Special Needs

401/683-0800

www.ussailing.org/swsn

 

Scuba

Handicapped Scuba Association International

949/498-4540

www.hsascuba.com

 

International Association for Handicapped Divers

www.iahd.org

 

Amputee preparing to swimSwimming

USA Swimming

719/866-4578

www.usaswimming.org

ARCHERY

United Foundation for Disabled Archers

320/634-3660

www.uffdaclub.com

 

USA Archery

719/866-4576

www.usarchery.org

AVIATION

Accessible Aviation

877/755-7077

www.accessibleaviation.com

 

Flight-Ability

910/814-0425

www.flightability.bizland.com

 

Freedom’s Wings International

800/382-1197

www.freedomswings.org

 

International Wheelchair Aviators

909/585-9663

www.wheelchairaviators.org

 

Sky Sailing, Inc.

760/782-0404

www.skysailing.com

BASKETBALL

International Wheelchair Basketball Federation

www.iwbf.org

 

National Wheelchair Basketball Association

719/266-4082

www.nwba.org

BILLIARDS / POOL

Billiard Congress of America

800/514-2695

www.bca-pool.com

 

National Wheelchair Poolplayer Association

866/636-3371

www.nwpainc.com

BOWLING

American Wheelchair Bowling

Association

434/454-2269

www.awba.org

(Site under construction)

 

United States Bowling Congress

800/514-BOWL

www.bowl.com

CYCLING / RACING

Hand Crank Racing Association

906/883-3650

69.10.163.110/geneva/CrankRace

 

Handcycle Racing

757/422-1912

www.handcycleracing.com

 

International Wheelchair Road Racers Club

203/967-2231

U.S. Handcycling Federation

303/679-2770

www.ushf.org

 

Wheelchair Motorcycle Association

508/583-8614

FENCING

International Wheelchair Fencing

www.iwfencing.com/index.html

 

U.S. Fencing Association

719/866-4511

www.usfencing.org

FISHING / HUNTING / SHOOTING

Amateur Trapshooting Association

937/898-4638

www.shootata.com

 

Amputees huntingBuckmasters American Deer Foundation

205/366-8415

www.badf.org

 

Disabled Hunters of North America

www.dhna.org/index2.html

 

Disabled Sportsmen of America

www.disabledsportsmen.net

 

Fishing Has No Boundaries

800/243-3462

www.fhnbinc.org

 

Handicapped Hunting Resource Guide

www.ismi.net/handicapinfo

 

NRA Disabled Shooting Services

703/267-1495

www.nrahq.org/compete/disabled.asp

 

National Skeet Shooting Association

800/877-5338

www.mynssa.com

 

National Wheelchair Shooting Federation

703/267-1495

 

Outdoor Buddies Hunting Program

303/771-8216

www.outdoorbuddies.org

 

Physically Challenged Bowhunters of America

724/668-7439

www.pcba-inc.org

 

United Foundation for Disabled Archers

320/634-3660

www.uffdaclub.com

 

Wheelin’ Sportsmen

800/THE-NWTF

www.wheelinsportsmen.org

Amputee golfingFOOTBALL

Buddy Bowl - Flag Football

858/720-0668

buddies@buddybowl.org

 

Universal Wheelchair Football Association

513/792-8625

dept.kent.edu/stuorg/AUWorld/UWF.html

GOLF

National Alliance for Accessible Golf

812/856-4422

www.accessgolf.org

 

National Amputee Golf Association

www.nagagolf.org

 

U.S. Golf Association Resource Center for Individuals with Disabilities

719/471-4810 x 20

www.resourcecenter.usga.org

HOCKEY

American Amputee Hockey Association

617/573-2633

www.amputeehockey.org/index.html

 

Amputee Hockey TeamU.S. Electric Wheelchair Hockey Association

763/535-4736

www.powerhockey.com

 

U.S. Sled Hockey Association

563/344-9064

www.usahockey.com/ussha

HORSEMANSHIP

American Hippotherapy Association

888/851-4592

www.americanhippotherapyassociation.org

 

National Center for Equine Facilitated Therapy

650/851-2271

www.nceft.org

 

National Disability Sports Alliance – Equestrian

401/792-7130

www.ndsaequestrian.org

 

North American Riding for the Handicapped Association

800/369-7433

www.narha.org

MARTIAL ARTS

Amputee Martial ArtsInternational Disabled Self-Defense Association

828/683-5528

www.defenseability.com

NATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS

America ’s Athletes with Disabilities

800/238-7632

www.americasathletes.org

 

Challenged Athletes Foundation

858/793-9293

www.challengedathletes.org

 

Disabled Sports USA

301/217-0960

www.dsusa.org

 

National Center on Physical Activity and Disability

800/900-8086

www.ncpad.org

 

National Disability Sports Alliance

401/792-7130

www.ndsaonline.org

 

National Veterans Wheelchair Games

734/761-7824

www1.va.gov/vetevent/nvwg

 

Wheelchair Sports USA

515/833-2450

www.wsusa.org

 

World T.E.A.M. Sports

855/987-8326

www.worldteamsports.org

OUTDOOR CENTERS
(also see Outdoor Sports)

Amputee climbing rock wallAccess Outdoors

www.accessoutdoors.org

 

Adaptive Adventures

877/679-2770

www.adaptiveadventures.org

 

Adaptive Sports Association

Winter Sports: 970/385-2163

Summer Sports: 970/259-0374

www.asadurango.org

 

Adaptive Sports Center

866/349-2296

www.adaptivesports.org

 

Adventures Without Limits

503/359-2568

www.awloutdoors.com

 

National Sports Center for the Disabled

970/726-1540

www.nscd.org

 

Amputee scaling rock cliffSPLORE

801/484-4128

www.splore.org

OUTDOOR SPORTS
(also see Outdoor Centers)

Rock Climbing

 

Lover’s Leap Guides

530/318-2939

www.loversleap.net

 

Montana Mountaineering

406/522-0659

www.montanamountaineering.org

 

Adaptive skiingSnowboarding and Skiing

 

National Ability Center

435/649-3991

www.nac1985.org

 

Sitski Extreme Adaptive Sports

908/313-5590

www.sitski.com

 

Snowmass Village

800/SNOWMASS

www.snowmassvillage.com

 

U.S. Ski and Snowboarding Association – Disabled

435/649-9090

www.usskiteam.com/PublishingFolder/111.htm

 

Amputees running trackTrack and Field

 

Achilles Track Club

212/354-0300

www.achillestrackclub.org

 

Wheelchair Athletics of the USA

770/972-0763

 

Water Skiing

 

Water Skiers with Disabilities Association

651/257-9248

www.usawaterski.org/pages/divisions/WSDA/main.htm

RACQUET SPORTS

Wheelchair TennisRacquetball

 

National Wheelchair Racquetball Association

714/962-1356 x 4115

 

Table Tennis

 

American Wheelchair Table Tennis Association

914/937-3932

 

Tennis

 

International Tennis Foundation - Wheelchair Tennis

www.itfwheelchairtennis.com

 

Quad Rugby gameU.S. Tennis Association USA Wheelchair Tennis

914/696-7000 x 7291

www.usta.com/usatenniswheelchair/custom.sps? iType=6251&icustompageid=8934

RUGBY

U.S. Quad Rugby Association

561/964-1712

www.quadrugby.com

SOCCER

Amputee soccer matchAmerican Amputee Soccer Association

www.ampsoccer.org

SOFTBALL

National Wheelchair Softball Association

651/437-1792

www.wheelchairsoftball.com

VOLLEYBALL

USA Disabled Volleyball

719/228-6800

Amputee Volleyball matchwww.usavolleyball.org/Disabled

WEIGHTLIFTING

U.S. Wheelchair Weightlifting Federation

c/o Wheelchair Sports USA

515/833-2450

www.wsusa.org

 

 

Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this publication are those of the authors and are not necessarily those of the Amputee Coalition, the Department of the Army, the Army Medical Department, or any other agency of the US Government.


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