Wheelchair Rugby

Wheelchair rugby is a team sport for athletes with a disability. It is currently practiced in over twenty countries around the world and is a Paralympic sport.

Developed in Canada in 1977, the sport's original name was murderball. The United States name of quad rugby is based on the fact that all wheelchair rugby players need to have disabilities that include at least some loss of function in at least three limbs—most are medically classified as quadriplegic.

Wheelchair rugby is played indoors on a hardwood court. The rules include elements of wheelchair basketball, ice hockey, handball and rugby union. It is a contact sport and physical contact between wheelchairs is an integral part of the game. It has little in common with Rugby football except for the name.

The sport is governed by the International Wheelchair Rugby Federation (IWRF) which was established in 1993.

Read more about Wheelchair RugbyHistory, Rules, Equipment, Classification, Active Countries, International Competitions, Popular Culture, Other Forms

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