The Changing Classification System in Wheelchair Basketball and Tennis


Tuesday, November 16, 2021
1:00-2:00 pm ET

Join the Exercise & Sport Science Initiative (ESSI) and Adaptive Sports & Fitness for a seminar focused on the implications of the changing classification system in wheelchair basketball and tennis. The classification system in para sport is intended to create equitable competition between athletes. “Classification aims to minimize the impact of impairment on athletes’ performance so that sporting excellence determines which athlete or team is ultimately victorious. Ensuring that athletes are classified prior to competing is crucial to safeguarding the integrity and credibility of the competition” (International Paralympic Committee). There are pending changes to the classification system for wheelchair basketball and wheelchair tennis that could drastically impact the respective sports with regards to international competition, grass roots development, and the overall longterm success and sustainability of those sports.