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Adaptive sports and recreation

  • 2016 outcomes

    Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute’s Sports and Recreation Department provides a wide range of adaptive sport and recreational opportunities for people with disabilities. Activities include lifetime sports such as hand cycling, golf, archery, downhill skiing and water skiing, as well as competitive team sports such as wheelchair basketball, wheelchair rugby, power soccer and wheelchair softball. Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute’s Sports and Recreation Department offers activities in the Twin Cities and Northeastern Minnesota and Northwestern Wisconsin.

    The advantages of sports and recreational activity are well documented and go beyond becoming more active in the community. Participation in adaptive sports for people with disabilities can provide positive physical, emotional and social benefits [i]. The health and well-being of children with disabilities can be positively impacted through sports and recreation opportunities as well. The benefits include physical strength, cardiovascular health, weight control and psychological health [ii].


    In 2016, there were 630 participants in the adaptive sports and recreation programs offered by Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute’s Sports and Recreation Department.

    • 32% of clients were female
    • 68% were male.

    Age of Clients served chart 2016

    Race of clients served by sports 2016

    Diagnoses of sports clients 

    Client satisfaction - sports - both sites

    Client outcomes - sports - both sites

    Sports client outcomes - both sites

    Sports client satisfaction -  GV

    Sports Client Outcomes - GV

    Sports client outcomes 2 - GV

    Sports client satisfaction - Duluth

    Sports Client outcomes - Duluth

    Sports client outcomes 2 - Duluth

    [i] Wilhite, B., & Shank, J. (2009). In praise of sport: Promoting sport participation as mechanism of health among persons with a disability. Disability and Health Journal, 2, 116-127.

    [ii] Wilson, P. E. (2002). Exercise and sports for children who have disabilities. Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Clinics of North America, 13, 907-923.

    For more information on outcomes, please call 612-775-2510.

    For more information on Courage Kenny’s adaptive sports and recreation services, please call 612-775-2277.