January 22, 2010, Newsletter Issue #38: Amputation: Amputee Sports

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There are many sports amputees can compete in. There are several organizations that put together sporting programs just for amputees, should a person with an amputation want to learn to compete in a sport. Sporting events include:

Amputee Soccer
Fishing Golf
Handcycling Hockey – Sled HockeyHunting – Dove Hunting - DeerMartial Arts
Mountain BikingOrienteering
Sailing Scuba Diving Shooting - TargetShooting – Trap SkiingSky Diving SurfingSwimmingTennisTable Tennis
VolleyballVolleyball – Sitting Water Skiing Windsurfing

Each sport has its own rules. For example, to play soccer, no prosthesis are allowed. Players use metal crutches. If there are not enough amputees to form a team, people with all limbs can play, but they must play as if they were amputated. A goalie can only use one hand (but has the use of both legs). Two-legged players must use crutches.

Sports like mountain biking use adaptable equipment on the bikes. Each sport has its own rules. The rules follow the sport’s regular rules, but there are additional rules on whether prosthesis can be used, the type of modifications on equipment and, if able-bodied people are needed to complete a team, rules for them to use certain types of equipment, such as crutches.

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