Disabled Sports USA’s Adapt2Achieve program is proud to support the training of adaptive instructors through the production of sports-specific manuals and conferences as well as safety and risk reduction information. Please check back for updates and new materials as our library of sports-safety materials continues to grow.
|Manuals in Print
Request hard copies of select materials.
|DSUSA YouTube Channel
Watch educational videos and webinars.
Produced by experts in their field, these sports-specific manuals are intended to complement the hands-on training volunteers receive.
In addition to the above-mentioned Disabled Sports USA-sponsored manuals, many governing bodies and national sports organizations have recognized the benefits of training coaches interested in working with adaptive athletes and created their own training materials. Links to many of those manuals are included here as a resource and Disabled Sports USA is not responsible for the content. This list is not intended to be an endorsement of the training from DSUSA nor a comprehensive list of all adaptive training resources. If you have recommendations on training manuals or materials that should be added, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Safety & Risk Reduction
In addition to sports-specific training, it is important for instructors to understand the unique population of adaptive athletes. These training resources help to ensure instructors are prepared to safely support their students through a variety of different sports activities.
Disabled Sports USA is proud to be a member of the Athletics 4 All task force, dedicated to the goal that all students should have access to after-school extracurricular sports activities. This task force has created educational materials to learn how to best incorporate athletes with disabilities into high school athletic programs.
Additionally, Disabled Sports USA supports sports sampling and encourages athletes to participate in a multiple sports until at least 12 years of age. Trying multiple sports gives more options to find the sports you enjoy and be an athlete for life. To learn more about the benefits of sports sampling, visit The Aspen Institute Project Play.
Northeast Passage, Program of the University of New Hampshire Study of Adaptive Sport Training and Certification Training Wheels: Designing world-class adaptive sports training and certification programs
Disabled Sports USA is proud to serve on the volunteer advisory committee for PsychArmor Institute, a nonprofit that provides free education and support to engage effectively with the military community. PsychArmor is the only national institute of its kind, dedicated to bridging the military-civilian divide through free online education. Additionally, PsychArmor provides a Support Center staffed with mental health experts that are ready to support you.
PsychArmor’s course library is divided by service delivery type and Disabled Sports USA has worked with PsychArmor to highlight several courses from the volunteer and non-profit management school that may be of particular interest to Disabled Sports USA chapters. Register online to explore their course offerings.