Many people living with a disability, especially a newly-acquired or recent disability, do not consider engaging in sports and recreational activities. Most of them believe that they won’t compete reasonably, and they won’t be able to do any of the activity well. However, this is not always true.

There are many activities that do not demand a lot when it comes to an individual’s physical attributes. Even if you have a disability, you can participate in these activities and gain physical, mental, and social benefits.

Let’s look at top outdoor sports and leisure activities for disabled people.


This is an excellent activity for the disabled, and they can do it using modified bikes. For instance, tricycles are stable, and they can be constructed with special handlebars and seats. If there are challenges with staying upright or pedaling, hand cycling allows an individual to use their arms to cycle while in a reclined position or seated.


For people with hearing or visual impairments, tandem cycling is an excellent choice. Tandem bikes can be constructed either to be recumbent or upright. Other types of cycles are side by sides, hand cranks, and modified wheelchairs.

Water Sports

Examples of water sports include rowing, canoeing, kayaking, and rafting. Since an individual with special needs may not be able to use an ordinary kayak or canoe, theirs is modified depending on their needs.

This makes it easy for them to participate in water sporting competitions and recreational events. Please read this article for more information.


People with disabilities can participate in golf either when sitting or standing. The world of golf has changed over the past few years, and there are now adaptive golf carts which can help a person stabilize while swinging the golf club. Also, there are golf clinics aimed at teaching people ways to play golf even without adaptive equipment.


This is an activity that almost every disabled person can do. You can do it either for fun or participate in the many fishing competitions available. People in wheelchairs and have good upper body strength can do it with little or no help. Also, there are volunteers across different cities and towns who are always willing to help disabled people with this activity. Fishing is a great activity for both physical and mental benefits.


This is not a comprehensive list of all the sports and recreational activities for disabled people. Depending on a person’s level of disability, they can participate in other activities such as hunting, swimming, shooting, archery, horse riding, scuba diving, skiing, and many others. Make sure you talk to your physical therapist before you engage in any activity.