For active people who become disabled, it can be hard to give up some favorite activities. When adjusting to life in a wheelchair, though, one thing that remains the same is there are always ways to stay active. Competitive sports is a way for many people to release stress and aggression, stay in shape, and have fun. What about wheelchair sports?
Wheelchair basketball and wheelchair rugby are already common sports, but in the winter of 2009, athletes Ryan Baker and Bill Lundstrom invented wheelchair lacrosse. With a few minor adjustments, such as the goals, and some rules, anyone in a wheelchair can enjoy the fun, fast, and aggressive sport of lacrosse.
After he straps on his lacrosse helmet and pads, grabs his stick, a player joins 6 others in a team to toss a ball with the net to the other side. Trying to maneuver around others and not losing the ball is no easy task, especially while pushing. It takes great strength, skill, and stamina to play lacrosse. Someone who plays wheelchair lacrosse needs these, as well as extreme coordination.