Introduction


Wheelchair Rugby was invented by Canadian players with spinal cord injuries during the 1970’s. Since its inception, wheelchair rugby has evolved and grown as an international sport and now attracts athletes with cerebral palsy, amputations, and neuromuscular diseases in addition to those with spinal cord injuries. While the sport has always had players with varying disabilities, the vast majority of players have always been those with a spinal cord injury.  
 
The two main purposes of any classification system are to determine Eligibility to compete and to group athletes for competition. By doing so it allows fair participation of all players who cover the full range of functional profiles. The goal of classification is to minimise the impact of impairment on sport specific performance. Specifically, classification aims to ensure that winning or losing is dependent on a team’s/athlete’s training, talent, and skills rather than who is the most or least impaired.

An athlete centered classification system could establish an open system with an agreement between athletes and classifiers regarding the on court observation and sport specific skills involved in the classification process. Ensuring that the current classification system is fair and understood by all athletes and classifiers is extremely important to facilitate fair and equitable treatment of all athletes. Establishing an understanding between athletes, coaches, and classifiers concerning classification and its many processes may help to shape classification to reflect the needs of all involved.

* 1. Since when you are involved in Wheelchair Rugby?

* 2. Which is your role in Wheelchair Rugby?

* 3. What is your sport classification?

* 4. Which impairment do you have?

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