Wheelchair Rugby

"...a full contact, fast and dynamic sport..."

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Inside Sports Wheelchair Rugby

Wheelchair Rugby is a full contact, fast and dynamic sport for by both male and female athletes. 

A unique sport created by disabled athletes, it combines elements of rugby, basketball and handball.

Players compete in teams of four to carry the ball across the opposing team's goal line. Contact between wheelchairs is permitted, and is in fact an integral part of the sport as players use their chairs to block and hold opponents.

To be eligible to play Wheelchair Rugby, individuals must have a disability which affects the arms and legs. Most players have spinal cord injuries with full or partial paralysis of the legs and partial paralysis of the arms. Other disability groups who play include cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy, amputations, polio, and other neurological conditions. Men and women compete on the same teams and in the same competitions.

Players are assigned a sport classification based on their level of disability; teams must field players with a mix of classification values, allowing players with different functional abilities to compete together. 

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