The Adaptive Sports and Fitness program at MedStar National Rehabilitation Hospital helps to maximize participation for individuals with disabilities in recreational and competitive sports. Through these programs, participants are able to build self-confidence, improve health and well-being, and gain greater independence.
Our programs are open to anyone with a physical disability at no cost. We provide coaching, training, equipment, and travel assistance in nine sports. We provide circuit training, open gym, and cardio fitness classes both at the hospital and in the community. We also host adaptive sports tournaments and special events throughout the year. Our coaching staff, personal trainers, and volunteers are highly qualified, well trained, and ready to assist you.
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Adaptive Yoga is a seated class intended for anyone in the community with a physical disability. The class is free and participants are encouraged to attend consistently week to week. Each class is tailored to participants’ needs and focuses on gentle seated exercises to improve strength and flexibility and meditation practices to reduce stress.
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The MedStar NRH Punishers Wheelchair Basketball team is ranked third in the nation in the highest division (Division 1) of the National Wheelchair Basketball Association (NWBA). Players are classified based on their function level, ranging from 1.0 to 4.5. The team can only have a total 15 points on the court at the same time, ensuring that players with more severe disabilities are encouraged to participate.
Everyone is welcome to attend and participate at practices.
Monday practices: official team practice
6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
East County Community Center
3310 Gateshead Manor Way
Silver Spring, MD 20904
Wednesday practices: locations vary
6:00 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Adaptive boxing class from 5 to 5:45 p.m. (virtual)
Self Defense Based Fitness Class 5:15- 6:15 pm (in-person)
NRH - Spirit Club Virtual Classes
Monday 5:30 p.m.
Friday 11 a.m.
Create a Spirit Club account using the following link and information to sign up for the Monday "SIT and HIIT" class or the "Friday Fitness" class. This will allow you to watch the live classes.
Click this link
- Go to the bottom of the page and click "Sign up"
- Type in your email address, name, and password you would like to use to login
- Click the box to agree to the Terms & Conditions, then click "Continue"
Wheelchair rugby is a team sport played with a volleyball on a basketball-size court with goal lines. Athletes play in a sport chair, which has special accommodations for rugby, such as a front bumper, wings, and spoke protectors. The sport is a combination of wheelchair basketball, ice hockey, and soccer. The object is to gain points by crossing the goal line while you have possession of the volleyball.
In order to participate, individuals must have a combination of upper and lower body extremity impairment. Most athletes have quadriplegia and are classified as to their abilities. There is a classification system ranging from 0.5 to 3.5, with 0.5 being the players with the greatest functional impairment.
The MedStar NRH *United Wheelchair Rugby Team practices every Tuesday evening in Fairfax, VA during the season (September through April); practices are every other week in the off-season. The team is part of the United States Wheelchair Rugby Association league and competes in regional and national tournaments throughout the season.
The MedStar NRH Rowing program is open to any individual with a physical disability who is interested in learning to row. The rowing program consists of two levels of programming:
Learn to Row/Recreational Rowing
Competitive/High Performance Rowing
Participation in the rowing program is free and instruction and coaching are provided by certified coaches. The desire to become competitive is not required; rowing is a great cardiovascular workout for anyone with a disability. Each individual is assessed to determine what modifications may be needed to maximize performance.
Rowing is offered year-round, offering instruction and training on the water April through September, and indoor erg training November through March. Opportunities for competition both indoor on ergs and on the water are made available for those interested.
The DC Sled Sharks is a competitive junior sled hockey team with players ranging in age from 4 to 18 years. We offer developmental and competitive opportunities for children interested in the sport. We provide sleds, sticks, and hockey equipment at no cost.
Like regular hockey, sled hockey is played on a standard size ice rink with standard-size nets and pucks, but instead of skates, players sit in specially designed sleds with two hockey blades mounted on the frame. The stick used by players is about one-third the size of a regulation stick and includes two metal picks on the end. Players use two of these sticks to propel themselves across the ice.
During our season (September to March), we practice weekly at MedStar Capitals Ice Plex in Arlington, VA, the same rink used for practice by the Washington Capitals. Off season (June to August), we practice once a month to recruit new players.
We have established a prospering community partnership with JTCC, a world class tennis club dedicated to providing tennis opportunities to all ages and abilities. At our clinics, you will learn the lifelong sport of tennis from Brenda Gilmore, a formerly nationally ranked wheelchair tennis competitor and a USPTR and USPTA certified coach along with JTCC coaches. The free 15-week program is for junior and adult players of all tennis abilities. You will work to develop stroke technique, matchplay strategy, and mobility skills.
Junior Tennis Champions Center (JTCC)
5200 Campus Dr.
College Park, MD 20740
Classes held Sundays, Juniors 1pm-2pm & Adults 1pm-3pm from March 14- June 20
Contact our Program Manager, Harsh Thakkar at Harsh.V.Thakkar@medstar.net to register or for further information.
Run in partnership with the Junior Tennis Champions Center