Skateboarding is a great sport for everybody. It doesn’t matter if you do it on a skateboard or a wheelchair!
Nowadays, a wheelchair becomes an extension of the body for people with reduced mobility or any other kind of injury. This is not necessarily a reason to be left out when practising a sport. Doing some kind of physical activity has many advantages and doing it on a wheelchair too.
Why skating on a wheelchair? We have to have a look to the USA to find one of the greatest wheelchair skate stars. His name is Aaron Fotheringham and his passion is skating and in spite of being a wheelchair user since he was 8, he has become one of the greatest worldwide skate stars.
When he was only 14, he achieved the 180º flip and he was the first person in history to make a 360º back flip on a wheelchair.
What is the key to it? Eagerness. We are aware of the fact that achieving such a task like Aaron is not an easy road to go down to but everything is possible with effort and self-improvement!
Research breakthroughs and new materials implemented in the manufacturing of wheelchairs have turned them into a body extension for their users. Now they are lighter, more compact, have special wheels adapted to the task…
We cannot forget how many advantages there are for a person when practising a sport such as the improvement of the physical condition. If you wheelchair skate, you will improve your stamina, speed and strength but above all, you will develop coordination, balance and adaptation to the environment.
Apart from the physical advantages, there are also social and psychological advantages such as meeting new people who are interested in the same sport and boosting self-improvement and self-confidence.
Wheelchair skating is trendier each time although we already know some other adapted sports (paddle, tennis, table tennis…)
Being more specific, how can you benefit from doing wheelchair skating?
- You will work out your whole body.
- You will reduce stress.
- You will strengthen your arms.
- You will activate your cardiovascular system.
There are, of course, many other adapted sports for you to choose from. What is important is to make a decision, pick one and start doing it. There are no limits!