Adaptive Sports Program
Frazier Rehab Institute continues to be a recognized leader in providing world-class, comprehensive acute rehab care. Long recognized for Therapeutic Recreation services provided to the inpatients, Frazier Rehab began organizing the Adapted Sports Program for those in the community with disabilities over a decade ago.
The Program’s Vision
The ultimate vision and goal of the Adapted Sports Program at Frazier Rehab Institute is to improve the quality of life of the individuals with disabilities and offer healthier lifestyle choices for these individuals and their families. Frazier Rehab Institute has created a greater awareness of, and generated education in, the prevention of health complications and illnesses such as: obesity, diabetes, stress and other health related concerns. These conditions are often associated with physical disabilities though the Adapted Sports Program.
Year-round Programs include the following:
- Adaptive Rowing
- Road Racing
- Track and Field
- Fitness and Weight Training
- Wheelchair Basketball
- Wheelchair Fencing
- Wheelchair Rugby
- Wheelchair Tennis
Annual Programs include the following:
- Wheelchair Basketball Tournament
- Wheelchair Rugby Tournament
- Wheelin Sportsmen Fall Turkey Hunt
- Kentucky Derby Festival Pegasus Parade
- Kentucky Derby Festival Marathon/Mini-Marathon
- Bluegrass Invitational Wheelchair Basketball Tournament
- Amputee Golf Scramble and Tournament
- Southern Parkway Moonlight Mile and 8K Race
- Adaptive Sports and Fitness Fair
- Larosa Loop Family Walk, Ride and Roll Event
- Various Road Races and Handcycle events
The Adapted Sports Program is open to individuals with:
- Cerebral Palsy
- Muscular Dystrophy
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Osteogenesis Imperfecta
- Post Polio Syndrome
- Spina Bifida
- Spinal Cord Injuries
- Brain Injuries
Other Related Health Concerns:
- Individuals who are eligible and interested in sports are welcome to attend any program. Even if you are new to the idea of adapted sports and unsure if you qualify to participate-we invite you to join our programs and events.
- For some sports, it is recommended that participants have the physical energy and ability to be able to push a manual wheelchair.
- Individuals who are eligible to play wheelchair sports are not limited to those who use a wheelchair on a daily basis. Others who may fit the criteria include people with orthopedic impairments, permanent knee injuries, leg length discrepancies and lower extremity weaknesses. For example, if you are unable to play stand-up basketball due to problems with your balance you may be eligible to play ‘wheelchair basketball’.
- Parents, coaches, officials, teachers, administrators and other interested parties are also encouraged to support and attend any of these programs and events.
The Future of Adaptive Sports
Frazier Rehab Institute continues to expand community outreach efforts aimed at providing recreation and athletic programs for individuals with disabilities and related conditions. Future opportunities may include programs aimed at health, fitness and wellness as well as fun opportunities for both the individual with a disability and their families. Frazier aspires to provide on-going training for professionals working with individuals with physical disabilities and related conditions, in the areas of rehab, community outreach, prevention, research and technology.
The Adaptive Sports and Recreation Program Partnerships
Frazier Rehab Institute is a leader in providing adaptive sports programming for this community. Frazier Rehab is able to offer such programs because of the dedication from our partners which include but are not limited to:
Louisville Metro Parks-Adapted Leisure Activities Program – This partnership provides Frazier Rehab the use of their facilities and staff for a variety of program options.
University of Louisville- This partnership offers the use of facilities, as well as student volunteers to staff the programs.
Jefferson County Public Schools - This partnership provides program information and offerings to students. They also offer education in the area of disability awareness and prevention as well as the use of their facilities for program participation.
BlazeSports America is a national organization and partner that provides sports and fitness programs to those with physical disabilities.
The United States Olympic and Paralympic Committees. This partnership provides Frazier Rehab with an extended outreach program that assists with identifying and developing children and adults with disabilities in sports and recreational activities. Additionally, it assists in providing parents and coaches with skill sets and equipment to support their children’s involvement in a more active lifestyle. It also promotes excellence in the lives of all persons with disabilities.
Frazier TNT Wheelchair Rugby Team. See the team in action
Frazier Rehab Institute partners with many other agencies and organizations in order to provide adapted sports and recreation opportunities within the community. Some of these include:
- The Spinal Cord Injury Association of Kentucky
- Kentucky Wheelchair Athletics Association
- Derby City Chapter of the National Spinal Cord Injury Association
- Louisville Fencing Center
- Friends For Michael, Inc
- Superior Van & Mobility
- Spina Bifida Association of Kentucky
- Paralyzed Veteran’s of America
- National Wheelcats, Inc.
- United States Quad Rugby Association
- United States Tennis Association – Southern Section
- American Ramp
- Amputee Golf Charities
- Kentucky Derby Festival
- Wheelin’ Sportsmen-Kentucky Chapter
- Lexington Parks and Recreation
- K.I.D.S. Center for Pediatric Therapies
- USA Handcycling
- Eagle SportsChairs
For information please contact Jill Farmer at 502.582.7618 or 866.540.7719.
Frazier Rehab Institute
220 Abraham Flexner Way
Louisville, KY 40202