Handicap Sports


Handicap sports imply sports for the handicap people. It seems somewhat awkward when we talk of people with disability playing games and sports. But actually, like every other person, a handicap can also play, provided that he is fully equipped with equipment and mental support. Recreation is a must for every human being and a handicap too has the right to indulge in the.

In addition, it provides them with a feeling of self reliance and raises their self esteem.

Keeping this in mind, the United States of America and other countries of the world organize different sports events for the disabled. These sports activities include summer and winter competitions, winter skiing, water sports and Olympics involving special games. The participants include people with visual and hearing impairments, spinal injury, dwarfism, sclerosis, cerebral palsy and amputations. There are all athletes with physical and mental disabilities. An athlete with learning disability is supposed to register with ESAPLD. The ESAPLD adheres to the guidelines given by the International Governing Body of Learning Disability or mental handicap. This body (INAS-FID) uses the standard set by the World Health Organization. According to this, the standard learning impairments include disability related to intelligence, memory and thought.

Disability of intelligence means disturbance of the rate and level of development of cognitive performances, such as attention, memory and thinking. Eligibility for the participation in the athletics events varies from country-to-country. Some common criteria for eligibility are:

1. The participant Person should have special education or social service training.

2. The participant who is participating should be mentally or physically handicapped.

3. The participant must be getting social security, pension, or a grant allowance due to mental or physical disabilities.