Adaptive Sports Coalition
The Dallas-Fort Worth Adaptive Sports Coalition focuses on the abilities of people with impairments, functional limitations, and/or disabilities. We aim to increase awareness, access, and engagement in adaptive and Para sports, physical wellness, and recreational activities.
The Coalition acknowledges that exercise is medicine and should be accessible to everyone, regardless of ability level. Our goal is to help individuals of all ability levels find a safe and healthy way to stay active throughout life.
Research has demonstrated that potential benefits of participating in adaptive or Para sports include:
- Improved heart and lung health and function, mobility, muscular endurance, strength, and balance
- Positive impacts on psychosocial factors, including improved mental health and overall well-being, psychological resilience, confidence, social skills development, and peer and emotional support
- Increased functional independence and self-efficacy
- Decreased social isolation, depression, and stress
- Reduced risk of osteoporosis and obesity
- Decreased fatigue and effects from chronic disease
The Coalition recognizes the need to provide comprehensive medical support of individuals with impairments, functional limitations, and/or disabilities when participating in physical activities, recreational activities, or sports. As part of the Coalition, UT Southwestern O'Donnell Brain Institute Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation provides an adaptive and Para sports medicine program in collaboration with Children’s Health and Scottish Rite for Children. The program provides comprehensive sports medicine for athletes with impairments/disabilities and individuals with impairments/disabilities who want to be more physically active.
The Adaptive Sports Coalition is led by faculty from UT Southwestern’s O'Donnell Brain Institute Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and includes volunteers from many organizations in the Dallas-Fort Worth area with a shared interest in adaptive and Para sport.