Introduction to Powerchair Football
Powerchair Football is a sport which allows individuals with physical disabilities to play football who find it difficult to play ambulant or manual wheelchair football. It can be played by men and women, sometimes in specialise adapted powerchairs with bumper guards on the front to push an enlarged type football. Although, individuals have the ability to drive a powerchair.
Powerchair Football Events
Powerchair Football can be played regionally, nationally and internationally, with leagues for teams who compete regionally and nationally, and international competitions (such as World Cups) for individuals who get pick to play internationally.
Eligible Impairment Types
All individuals who have a physical disability who finds it difficult for them to play ambulant or manual wheelchair football are eligible to play Powerchair Football. Where medical conditions vary on a day-by-day basis and may have an impact on an individual’s functional ability to participate in ambulant or manual wheelchair football (such as MS), classifiers may consider them eligible as well.
Classification Classes including Cerebral Palsy athletes
Within Powerchair Football, there is no single classification for individuals with Cerebral Palsy. However, the classification system is designed to consider individuals’ postural control, head control and aspects of their conditions which affect their driving skills such as fine motor control, reactions and involuntary movements. With Powerchair Football therefore having two classifications; PF1 (conditions which effect individuals the most) and PF2 (conditions which effect individuals the least), individuals with Cerebral Palsy will be placed into either class based upon their abilities and driving skills as well as if their Cerebral Palsy limits them from playing ambulant or manual wheelchair football.
Forms of Recreation
Para-Cycling can be none competitively and can be inclusive to all. None competitive Para-Cycling is commonly termed as ‘Inclusive Cycling’ and involves all different shapes and sizes of adapted bikes such as hand-bikes, trikes, hand-cycle tandems and bikes with specialist passenger wheelchairs seats mounded at the front of the bike. Bikes are suited to different individuals’ needs and can be used to increase social skills as well as physical and mental health. Though the awareness of Inclusive Cycling may not be very good globally, organisations such as Inclusive Cycling International (http://www.inclusivecyclinginternational.org/), Australia Cycling (http://www.cycling.org.au/Participation), We Are Cycling UK (http://www.cyclinguk.org/article/cycling-guide/inclusive-cycling) and Disabled Sport USA (http://www.disabledsportsusa.org/sport/cycling/), may offer advice and guidance for individuals which want to get involved.