About Wheelchair Basketball

Wheelchair Basketball is the largest and one of the blue ribbon leading Paralympic sports, with its roots going back to the late 40’s. Although initially a rehabilitation and recreational activity for spinal cord injured patients, it quickly developed into a competitive sport and today the National Wheelchair Basketball League consists of 65 teams playing in 9 Divisions.


Who can play Wheelchair Basketball?

Wheelchair Basketball embraces a wide range of disabilities including paraplegics, spina bifida, amputees, brittle bones, cerebral palsy and multiple sclerosis. Able bodied players are eligible to play in divisions 1, 2, 3 and 4, junior league and women’s league. Virtually everyone who can conceivably play wheelchair basketball is encouraged to do so.

If you have been injured and cannot play running sport anymore then you can still play wheelchair basketball and pursue sport at the very top level. Watch this video on minimal disabilities for more information.


A lot of people believe that you have to be in a wheelchair everyday to play wheelchair basketball which is not true. Some of the top players in the world are amputees and those who are missing lower limbs are encouraged to take up the sport.




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