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Adaptive Sports



Adaptive sports are often very similar to typical sport activities but they offer modifications for people with a wide range of disabilities and health conditions. Adaptive sports assist in helping people with physical, cognitive, and emotional challenges, achieve health benefits through increased involvement in a variety of hobby and sport activities. There have been a multitude of studies that indicate participants of adaptive sports report benefits such as reduced pain, decreased stress, improved emotional well-being and a greater feeling of independence.


The Adaptive sports program at the Lighthouse is a rapidly growing program that is lead by the Recreational Therapy Department. One highlight of the program is, Return to Hunting. A Recreational Therapist, who is a Certified Hunter Safety Instructor with the State of Michigan, helps sportsmen/sportswomen return to their love of hunting that they enjoyed previously to their injury or health complication.  Another exciting addition to the program is adaptive paddling. A Recreational Therapist with the program obtained certification for adaptive kayaking through the American Canoe Association. The course provided for certification is a four day, hands on course that entitles the instructor to become well versed in meeting individual needs and becoming highly skilled in safety related to paddling.








The Adaptive Sports Program at the Lighthouse has helped clients' participate in a variety of athletic opportunities, some examples include: Cycling, Paddling, Fishing, Hunting, Shooting, Hiking, Yoga, Fitness, Skiing, Archery, Boccia, Equestrian, Boating, Bowling, Basketball, Rock Climbing and Aquatics.

Our Traverse City Location is excited to offer Cycling and Kayaking Clinics! Click HERE to learn more about exciting opportunities and to register!


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