Who can help
One of the main reasons that people give up training and New Year's resolutions don’t even make it to February is a lack of appropriate support, guidance and encouragement. All of these are needed to keep you on the path, keep the hurdles you will face realistic and help you up when you stumble and don’t want to carry on.
Training is hard and at times it can feel like too big a challenge. Getting the right information, from the right people and at the right times is vital. Here are some of the key people you may want to consult for support and advice.
Friends and family
The people who know you the best will often be best placed to support you. Make sure that your friends and family understand what your goals are and how you plan to achieve them. You may even be the inspiration they need to follow your lead.
Depending on your impairment and your current level of fitness, you may need to consult your doctor or other professionals like a dietician or physiotherapist before starting your new exercise regime and they may need to be involved throughout as well.
Exercise can place many unforeseen stresses on the body. It is important to seek professional advice to know what is ‘good’ pain (your body responding to the work it’s doing) and when you may need to modify your technique and/ or equipment in order to avoid damaging your body.
Every professional sport is run by an organisation, usually called a governing body, who can provide an array of useful information, from the finer details of what that sport involves, where to find your local club, what equipment you need and where best to buy or borrow it, to simple things like the rules of the game, classification and the basic skills required to participate.
There is a wide selection of disability sports on offer, usually centred around a single or group of impairments. Some, like wheelchair basketball, allow non-disabled people to participate and others have strict classification systems, to group people with similar impairments during competition.
Further information and contact details for these organisations can be found in our useful contacts section.