Men playing wheelchair rugby

At the University of Maryland Rehabilitation & Orthopaedic Institute, we focus on helping patients "get back to living" after experiencing a stroke, brain injury, spinal cord injury or amputation, as well as for those who live with a chronic health condition that carries some level of physical limitation. While our comprehensive clinical services are designed to address the rehabilitation needs of our patients, we believe that we can and should do more; we strive to help our patients and members of our community maximize their potential, quality of life and overall health by achieving more than they originally thought possible.

Our Adapted Sports Program was established to accomplish exactly that. Through this program, we are giving individuals the opportunity to become re-engaged in physical activity, the community and in being part of a social circle. We are telling our patients "yes you CAN do this" and giving them the resources, access and most importantly, the confidence, to go out and pursue the things in life they enjoy the most.

Whether you are hoping to reactivate your participation in a sport you once enjoyed or are looking for something new to get involved with, the University of Maryland Rehabilitation & Orthopaedic Institute can help. Our wheelchair basketball, wheelchair rugby and adapted golf programs allow for the development of new skills or the improvement of existing ones, while also giving you an opportunity to forge new bonds and friendships with others who face similar lifestyle challenges.

Whether you want to come out and play just for fun or give your competitive edge a chance to shine, our Adapted Sports Program is made for you.

Benefits of Participating

Patients who have experienced a life-changing incident or health condition often face many challenges that others do not; many are physical, but along with that comes psychological, emotional and social challenges. Adapted Sports programs like the one at the University of Maryland Rehabilitation & Orthopaedic Institute aim to ease those challenges, giving individuals with physical disabilities a new outlet to engage in community activities, be social, forge new friendships and have fun.

Some of the key benefits we have seen participants experience are:

  • Improved physical strength, range of motion, flexibility and endurance.
  • Improved emotional well-being.
  • Enhanced quality of life.
  • Social interaction with others who have parallel interests.
  • Creation of new connections with people who face similar challenges.
  • Opportunities to engage in competitive activity.

Adapted Sports Volunteers

Volunteer support is critical to our success. While many members of the University of Maryland Rehabilitation Institute's team devote time and energy to make this program possible, we are always looking for volunteers from the community, who are willing to join our efforts and help assure that every person who participates in Adapted Sports has an enjoyable and fulfilling experience. You can

You can also be a volunteer in areas other than adapted sports.

Adapted Sports Festival

We also actively recruit volunteers to support our annual Adapted Sports Festival, held in September of each year. This one day event provides a tremendous opportunity for people to learn about all of the adapted sports and activities that are available, while meeting others who face similar lifestyle challenges.