L’amoreaux Wheelchair Tennis Program | SCI and Mental Health | Spinal Cord Injury Ontario

On this episode of Underestimated, Presented by Oatley Vigmond Personal Injury Lawyers and brought to you by Spinal Cord Injury Ontario, Oda visits a Wheelchair Tennis Program, the first of its kind in Toronto, to interview Chandrashekhar Kubyal about the many physical and mental health benefits of participating in accessible sport.

Chandra is a software engineer in a multinational IT company. He has a spinal cord injury due to surgery for scoliosis when he was 10 years old. In his career of 26 years he has played many roles as a trainer, entrepreneur, and freelancer. Chandra dreams of travelling across the globe, having travelled throughout India already. He is very passionate about driving and has used hand controls for the last 12 years.

Self-care encompasses various practices and support systems that contribute to the physical and mental well-being of individuals, including those with disabilities. It can involve joining clubs or teams, such as the L’Amoreaux Wheelchair Tennis Program, to engage in regular physical activity and foster friendships. Participating in adaptive sports like wheelchair tennis can have significant benefits for individuals with spinal cord injuries (SCI) in terms of both physical fitness and mental health. The Ontario Para Network (ONPARA) plays a crucial role in promoting adaptive sports and disability sports, including wheelchair tennis, in Ontario.

For individuals with SCI in Ontario, the Ontario Para Network offers valuable resources and connections to wheelchair tennis programs and clubs. They understand the importance of adaptive sports in promoting fitness and overall well-being for individuals with disabilities. Wheelchair tennis, being a Paralympic sport, provides opportunities for athletes to showcase their skills and compete at the highest level. The Paralympic Games are a testament to the capabilities and achievements of para athletes.

When it comes to SCI, it is important to recognize the impact not only on physical health but also on emotional well-being. Spinal cord injury and emotional health are interconnected, and participating in sports like wheelchair tennis can contribute positively to both. Through the Ontario Para Network and its wheelchair tennis programs, individuals with SCI can access a supportive community of players and coaches who understand the unique challenges they face.

Videos showcasing wheelchair tennis players in action are a testament to the skill and dedication required to excel in the sport. Wheelchair tennis players demonstrate athleticism, strategy, and precision, making it an exciting and competitive sport to watch. The Paralympics provide a global platform to celebrate the achievements of wheelchair tennis players and other para athletes.

In conclusion, wheelchair tennis and other adaptive sports play a crucial role in promoting fitness, mental health, and overall well-being for individuals with disabilities, particularly those with spinal cord injuries. Organizations like the Ontario Para Network provide valuable resources and connections to wheelchair tennis programs and clubs, fostering inclusivity and opportunities for individuals to engage in sports and showcase their abilities. The Paralympics serve as a powerful platform to raise awareness about disability sports and celebrate the remarkable achievements of wheelchair tennis players and other para athletes.

To find a club or program in your area, you can refer to the Ontario Para Network Wheelchair Tennis Clubs webpage:


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