Adaptive Sports Clinic Encourages People with Disabilities

Published: Mar. 5, 2016 at 1:34 PM CST
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Unity Point Health teamed up with Sports Ability and Kirkwood Community College for the 9th annual eastern Iowa Adaptive Sports Clinic.

The clinic is aimed at providing education, support, and resources for those facing disabilities. Participants were able to try out equipment, take an adaptive yoga class, or hit the tennis court.

Physical Therapist Megan Andreson said this gives them chance to learn about all of the things they can do.

“They can watch a lot of events, but this helps bring it to the point where they can participate, and then sometimes when they participate there’s not the equipment,” Andreson said. “They can try stuff out, instead of going out and buying something. It’s just not feasible to go to a sports store here and buy something.”

Andreson and a group went a similar event in Des Moines in 2007, and wanted to bring it here.

“When we first started 9 years ago, this was the only event they could do all year long, and it was pretty powerful back then because it was one day. It's really helped get the wheels going, as far as now there's weekly basketball you can do here in town, there are tennis clinics here one day a week that you can go to.”

Spencer Carver has participated in the clinic for the past two years. He suffered a T-7 spinal cord injury from a car accident in 2015. He said at first being in a chair felt strange, but within three weeks he got the hand of it. Now he’s planning to play wheel chair basketball in college. He said having these types’ clinics is important.

“Nobody really knows were here, before my accident I had no clue sportability was even around,” Carver said. “It’s just good to get out here and see the different stuff you can do if you have a disability.”