Today, almost every sport is offered to the wheelchair user - wheelchair skiing, downhill wheelchair racing, wheelchair tennis, wheelchair basketball and more. Participating in sports will not only help strengthen your body and improve dexterity, it will also boost your self-esteem.
Manufacturers offer custom-built sports wheel chairs to suit both the athlete and the sport. This means that sports chairs are not usually covered by insurance and tend to be expensive, ranging from $2,000 to $8,000.
Most new users can only afford one wheelchair for everyday use. If you are interested in playing sports for fun, you may find a rigid lightweight chair a practical choice. Many athletes are already using them in competitions because of their quick maneuverability.
Many people are also using sport wheelchairs for everyday use. Because they are made of aluminum, sportschairs are easy to propel and get in and out of cars. This crossover has caught the attention of wheelchair manufacturers, who have begun testing their chairs to see if they can be utilized by the everyday user.
If you become heavily involved in a sport, you may find it's time for a custom chair. At that time, you will already know which features to look for. If not, attend a wheelchair sporting event to see what the other athletes are using.
Instead of spending a wad of cash for a new sportschair, you may want to purchase a used one. However, the only disadvantage is that secondhand wheelchairs are customized to fit their first owner, and may not suit your needs.