What’s in the Game?
Reach speeds of well over 30 kms/hr in specially designed chairs built for track and road racing events! In this exciting sport, athletes take part in sprint distances of 100 m, 200 m and 400 m, middle distances of 800 m and 1500 m, long distances of 5000 m and 10,000 m and relay races of 4 x 100 m and 4 x 400 m. There are also road events which include the half and full marathon. The variety of event and physical requirements of para-athletics means athletes build excellent muscular endurance and stamina while competing in multiple events over long distances.
Para-racing has been a part of the Paralympics since 1960 and to ensure fair competition in international events, a classification system is used. This system divides athletes into categories based upon the type and level of disability. Spinal cord or amputee athletes and cerebral palsy athletes have different guidelines specified under IPC Athletics rules. These categories will also take into account restrictions in movement of certain limbs or muscle groups.
The NFHS just added 15 videos with tips about coaching para athletes in shot put and racing! To view these videos click the link here, and select adapted sports in the sport drop-down menu.