The Transformative Power of Adaptive Sports: Statistics and Benefits


Adaptive sports have gained recognition and popularity in recent years, not only as a means of physical activity but also as a powerful tool for rehabilitation and personal growth after an injury. These sports offer individuals with disabilities the opportunity to reclaim their lives, both physically and mentally. Omeo America believes there are profound benefits to being involved with adaptive sports and here are some of our top reasons we are involved with the Adaptive Sports Community.


Physical Rehabilitation and Fitness


Statistics show that individuals who engage in adaptive sports often experience substantial improvements in physical fitness. According to a study published in the “Journal of Spinal Cord Medicine,” wheelchair users who participate in adaptive sports have significantly higher cardiorespiratory fitness levels compared to their non-active counterparts. This improved fitness not only enhances overall health but also aids in preventing secondary health issues related to disabilities.


Enhanced Mental Well-being Through Goal Setting and Achievement


Adaptive sports have a positive impact on mental health. A survey conducted by Move United, a leading adaptive sports organization, revealed that 89% of participants reported improved self-esteem and self-confidence after participating in adaptive sports. These activities provide a sense of purpose and achievement, reducing symptoms of anxiety and depression. Research supports the idea that goal setting and achievement are intrinsic to adaptive sports. A study in the “Adapted Physical Activity Quarterly” found that setting and achieving athletic goals positively correlated with participants’ overall well-being. This sense of accomplishment can extend beyond the sports arena, motivating individuals to pursue other life goals.



Social Connections, Community & Increased Independence


One of the most significant benefits of adaptive sports is the sense of community they foster. Move United’s survey of adaptive athletes found that 94% of participants felt a stronger sense of belonging within the adaptive sports community. Forming bonds with teammates and coaches offers emotional support, reducing feelings of isolation. Social connections are vital for mental and emotional well-being. Additionally, statistics indicate that adaptive sports can lead to increased independence. A survey conducted by Disabled Sports USA found that 72% of participants reported improved independence in their daily lives because of their involvement in adaptive sports. This includes greater confidence in mobility and daily activities.



 Competitive Spirit that Leads to Personal Growth


Adaptive sports often rekindle the competitive spirit in individuals. According to the National Veterans Wheelchair Games, 90% of veterans who participate in adaptive sports express feeling a renewed sense of competitiveness. This competitive drive, combined with personal growth through sports, can lead to increased resilience and adaptability in other aspects of life.


Omeo and Adaptive Sports

Omeo America is proud to partner with and support organizations that are helping others go further through adaptive sports. We are active partners with Mobility Access Partners of California, as well as the Spinal Network serving Southern California. Locally, we have built a robust relationship with Southern Arizona Adaptive Sports, who is working tirelessly to support the Tucson community through adaptive experiences and sports activities. Over our next few posts, we will be sharing more about adaptive sports and opportunities for getting involved both as a participant and as a volunteer in your adaptive community!