Enjoy the Snow!


Participating in snow sports can greatly increase self-esteem for SCI patients, especially those young adults and youths. Feeling the sun and the wind, and being one with nature, is a wonderful feeling that everyone should experience. Families can also enjoy the outdoors together, and everyone can participate at their own level.

Many resources and groups are available for youths and teens with an SCI, and organizations like the National Sports Center for the Disabled offer incredible experiences. NSCD focuses on the participant’s strengths, balance skills, building self-esteem, and changing self-image. In Winter Park, Colorado, they offer full and half-day lessons for two-track, three-track, four-track, bi-ski, dual-ski, mono-ski, snowboard and ski bike. For more information, go to http://www.nscd.org. Registration for winter mountain programs are now available on the site.

Young adults can still hit the ice and enjoy the thrill of hockey by participating in Sledge hockey. Sledge hockey is played with the same rules as hockey. Instead of using skates, participants use sleds that the players sit on with two skate blades fixed to the bottom. Players can experience the thrill of hockey as they move the puck with 3-foot-long hockey sticks. Rinks and goals are regulation Olympic-size, and games consist of three 15-minute stop-time periods.

There are amateur and competitive leagues available. Sled hockey is also a sport featured at the Paralympics. The competition is open to male athletes with physical disabilities such as amputation/limb loss, spinal cord injury/wheelchair-users and cerebral palsy/brain

There are two organizations working to bring sledge hockey to the forefront: the United States Sled Hockey Association (USSHA) and Sled Hockey America (SHA). Through these two organizations, sled hockey is being made available to all people of all abilities and all age ranges. http://www.nchpad.org/Directories/Programs

Featured on the next article, Adaptive Adventures is a company that provides progressive outdoor sports opportunities for children, adults and veterans with physical disabilities and their families. They offer ski camps and events throughout the winter, and are a certified adaptive skiing and snowboarding ski school.

You can find the Adaptive Adventures Ski School staff at a variety of venues and winter sports locations across the country. They aim to serve a large cross-section of children, adults, and veterans with physical disabilities from coast to coast. Visit their website to find the best location for your next winter adventure:

Adaptive sports programs make snow sports possible for you, we hope you enjoy this winter by getting active and enjoying the snow. Here’s to a happy and healthy 2016.

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