Wheelchair basketball is fast, exciting and tough. The adaptation of the able-bodied version includes the use of wheelchairs, but it does not modify the size of the court nor the height of the hoops. Double dribbling is allowed. One, two or three points are awarded for each basket depending on the place of throwing, and wheelchair crashes and overturns are very common.
US Servicemen from the World War II played this sport for the first time in 1945 without knowing that a similar sport, called “netball”, had also emerged in a spinal cord rehabilitation hospital in Stoke Mandeville, England. Wheelchair basketball became a Paralympic sport fast and was played at the Rome 1960 Paralympic Games. It was included for the first time at Mexico City 1999 Parapan American Games.