Sports can be defined "as an individual or group activity pursued for exercise or pleasure, often involving the testing of physical capabilities and taking the form of a competitive game such as football, tennis, etc." Originally, I had intended the blog to be about activities that a person could compete in that requires only one hand. Of course, I would like to believe that everything revolves around sport, in one way or another, and that everything we perform, as disabled people, is a challenge and our opponent is of a physical or mental nature. Playing against great foes like paralysis, aphasia, or apraxia, and many more. I truly believe this to be so: that every act we do is in response to overcoming our disability whether it be walking, talking, exercising, writing, playing chess, disc golf, traveling by car or plane, sightseeing you name it, and if it is an activity, then in my book, it is a sport. I know a guy who is a stroke survivor and scratch golfer with a 12 handicap, and he plays with only his right arm, and the other arm is locked by his side in spasticity.
But I have to say, and my therapists would most likely agree, that the name is a self-fulfilling prophecy, meaning, the title insinuates that I have given up on my hand. And the more I use my hand and arm by doing what they are asking me to do, I am thinking that maybe they could be right. All is not lost! And there is a way to unlock my spasticity, and I think that OT and PT play a role in finding the key so I can set myself free.