Category: Handcycling

Adaptive Sports Opportunities in Washington State

adaptive sports
Are you involved in adaptive sports? Have you ever considered becoming part of a team or program? There are a lot of opportunities to try adaptive sports in Washington State, especially near Seattle. Joining an adaptive sports team or program, or even attending a day camp, can help you meet new people with similar interests, stay active and fit, create and work toward goals, build confidence, and find a sense of belonging within your team or group. EZ-ACCESS knows the power of getting out of the house and staying active when you’re disabled, so consider some of these fun options for adaptive sports to try this summer!
Footloose Sailing Association
This organization helps disabled individuals learn to sail and hosts events in the Seattle area. Upcoming events include the Day Sail at Leschi on July 12 from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and the Blake Island Overnight Camping Trip from 8 a.m. on July 26 to 4:30 p.m. on July 27. Learn more about their sailing events here.
Outdoors for All Foundation
If you’re looking to spend some time in the great outdoors this month, this is the organization for you! This organization offers summer programs and day camps in Washington for a wide range of activities, like horseback riding, rock climbing, canoeing, kayaking, cycling, rafting, yoga, and water skiing. Check out their July calendar of events here.
Seattle Adaptive Sports
This program has competitive teams for wheelchair basketball, sled hockey, power wheelchair soccer, and track and field. Individuals that join these teams have opportunities to travel with the team and receive college scholarships for their abilities. Joining a sports team is a great way to develop your skills and work toward a team goal. Check out their calendar of July events here. There are even days to drop in and try basketball to see if you enjoy it. Check out EZ-ACCESS’s wheelchair and scooter accessories to make travel to and from practice easier!
If you’ve never tried adaptive sports or programs, now is the perfect time to start. There are programs for all ages and skill levels, so you can still remain competitive and active and have fun with sports this summer!

Adventures in Handcycling for National Bike Month

Did you know that May is National Bike Month?  To bring awareness to National Bike Month, EZ-ACCESS is highlighting the sport of handcycling.  Starting in the 1980s, handcycling has quickly become a popular cycling alternative for individuals with limited or no use of their legs, poor balance or individuals just looking for a different way to explore their surroundings.  If you have not yet tried your HAND at handcycling, check out the different options below and head out to your nearest adaptive sports provider to take part in National Bike Month the handcycle way!

Types of Handcycles

There are several types of handcycles to choose from that are designed to meet different needs such as racing or recreational.
Upright Handcycle – The upright handcycle is designed for recreational use with shorter distances, featuring a higher center of gravity.
Recumbent Handcycle – The recumbent handcycle is lower to the ground with two seating options: a reclining seat or “trunk power” where the rider leans forward.
Trunk-power Handcycle – The trunk-power handcycle is designed where riders can put their weight behind each stroke and travel at higher speeds.

Steering Handcycles

In the recumbent handcycle, riders have two different steering options: fork-steering and lean-to-steer.  These options allow users to lean on their abilities to control the handcycle.
Fork-steer Handcycle – Fork-steering is the most popular form of handcycle steering and is the easiest to learn.  With fork-steering, riders can turn the fork independently and are best for riders with either low-level or high-level disabilities.
Lean-to-steer Handcycle – Lean-to-steer is a little bit more complicated and takes a while to master.  With lean-to-steer, riders must lean their body like in monoskiing.
In honor of National Bike Month, we hope this has sparked your interested to check out handcycling.  If you are an avid handcycler, we would love to hear from you.  Leave your comments on our Facebook page, tweet us or comment on our Google + page!