Wheelchair Basketball Players from across the USA are in the BlueGrass

04/17/2015 07:30 AM

The National Wheelchair Basketball Association National Tournament is in Louisville all weekend, as the best of the best compete. Just like traditional basketball, or as many of these athletes call it, ambulatory basketball, wheelchair basketball consists of different ages and skill sets. This tournament is composed of both seniors and juniors, men and women.

Probably the biggest difference for wheelchair basketball players is having to strengthen the upper body. The shoulders, back, and chest get a tremendous workout since those are the body parts that generate most of the power and energy required in a typical shot.

We spoke with Jason Ellis, a wheelchair basketball player who back in the 90’s played hoops at Oklahoma State. He says the rush he gets playing both versions of the game can be similar, but the skill sets can be very different.


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