Sports for Athletes with Amputations, Limb Differences or Impairments

Limb amputees, as well as individuals living with limb differences or limb impairments like brachial plexus, drop foot, club foot, represent an important and large segment of the adaptive athlete community.

These individuals can participate in a wide-variety of Paralympic sports, including but not limited to Track and Field, Swimming, Triathlon, Sitting Volleyball, Cycling, Canoeing, Power Lifting, Table Tennis, Equestrian, Rowing, Wheelchair Fencing, and Wheelchair Basketball, Wheelchair Tennis. In addition to the Paralympic sports, there are many adaptive sports that are accessible and popular with amputees and those living with limb differences, including golf, rock climbing, surfing, skateboarding, wake boarding, kayaking, snowboarding, and stand-up paddling.

Early amputee sports began to gain momentum in the 50’s and 60’s after WWII in Europe and the US, largely independent of each other. In Europe, unilateral and bilateral lower limb amputees participated in sports using prosthetic limbs. In the United States, these types of amputees participated in wheelchair sports instead.

Please join us in supporting amputees in sport! Please Donate to support Angel City Sports at

Fun Facts:
- We estimate that 30-40% of Angel City Sports athletes have some form of limb amputation or difference.
- Our co-founder, Team Ezra, is a congenital amputee
- We've had strong support for Angel City Sports from prosthetic companies including Hanger Clinic, OSSUR and Ottobock North America.

For assistance in acquiring a running blade:
Challenged Athletes Foundation
Amputee Blade Runners
The Heather Abbott Foundation

For Additional amputee resources:
Amputee Coalition
Camp No Limits
NubAbility Athletics
United Brachial Plexus Network