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Program Descriptions


Adaptive Fitness

Looking to build strength? Flexibility? Stability? Speed? Whatever your goals may be, these one-on-one individualized personal training sessions can help! Each session is conducted by exercise physiologists who specialize in working with clients with physical disabilities. These sessions provide an opportunity to continue physical activity after therapy; to become more active and physically fit; and/or to enhance strength and performance for a specific sport.


 DASA Archery


What started as a recreational activity for DASA athletes has become a full-session sports program with a competitive team of archers to show for it.  DASA’s "founding" competitive archer, Brian Cressler, has limited use of one of his arms, but became a successful archer using an adapted mouthpiece that allows him to draw back and release arrows with his mouth. Along with his father, Don Cressler, Brian has been an integral part in building and maintaining DASA's awesome archery program.



One of our newer sports, Boccia is a game of strategy and accuracy that was originally designed to be played by people with cerebral palsy. Now, the sport includes athletes with impairments that affect motor skills. The sport is played on a flat, smooth surface, where players must throw or roll coloured balls as close as possible to a white target ball, known as the “jack.” The player, pair or team with the most balls near the jack is the winner. Boccia has been a Paralympic Sport since its introduction in the 1984 New York Paralympic Games.




Adapted golf is played just like able-bodied golf… just with modifications, no matter big or small. Modifications may be begin with way the game is learned through various forms of instruction delivery. During the game players may be taught to swing with an adapted technique and adapted equipment may be used. 


Para Powerlifting

Para Powerlifting is open to male and female athletes with the following eight (8) eligible physical impairments (impaired muscle power, impaired passive range of movement, limb deficiency, leg length difference, short stature, hypertonia, ataxia, and athetosis) with a range of physical disabilities, including (Cerebral Palsy, Spinal Cord injuries, Lower Limb Amputation, poliomyelitis). The bench press is the sport’s single discipline, with 10 different categories based on body weight. Competitors must lower the bar to the chest, hold it motionless on the chest and then press it upwards to arms length with locked elbows. Athletes are given three attempts and the winner is the athlete who lifts the highest number of kilograms.



Power Soccer

Power soccer allows people who recently never had the opportunity to participate in sports the ability to play the most popular sport in the world. Power soccer is a sport in which even those with very limited physical abilities can not only participate, but find great success!  Some players may walk between games while others use power chairs as their primary means of mobility.  The DASA Power Soccer Teams have consisted of athletes as young as five, and a number of older adults. On the power soccer court, every athlete is equal! Power soccer is played on a basketball court, and each team is allowed 4 players on the court at one time (4 on 4). A power soccer chair is a specially designed power wheelchair capable of going up to 6mph and is equipped with a front bumper guard used for dribbling, passing, and shooting an oversized soccer ball. Just like its able-bodied counterpart, power soccer takes a great deal of strategy, coordination, and skill to become great.



Rock Climbing

Rock climbing is an amazing sport for our athletes. This sport is so therapeutic because it encourages stretching and reaching in a fun way. At DASA, we make sure that every kid can make it to the top! We have experienced rock climbers making sure this activity is completely safe for our athletes and volunteers. 



Sled Hockey

Sled hockey is an exciting alternative sport which follows rules quite similar to able-bodied hockey. Instead of using ice skates, sled hockey players sit on a specially designed sled (sledge) equipped with two skate blades. Players will use two short hockey sticks, not only for shooting and passing, but also for propelling themselves across the ice with the metal picks attached to the top of the shafts. Legal body contact and raised puck shooting are as much a part of sled hockey as they are in traditional hockey. 




Recreational swimming and swimming lessons emphasize core strength, body awareness, endurance, and water safety. We begin with basic full body movement and letting the child get comfortable with their own abilities in the water. DASA swimmers typically do not use flotation devices which helps with developing greater self-awareness of their body and their abilities in the water. As a swimmer progresses towards independence in their swim strokes, they are given the opportunity to move up to the DASA Swim Team.




The game of wheelchair tennis follows the same rules as able-bodied tennis as endorsed by the International Tennis Federation except the wheelchair tennis player is allowed two bounces of the ball. The player must return the ball before it hits the ground a third time. The wheelchair is part of the body and all applicable ITF Rules which apply to a player’s body shall apply to the wheelchair.



Track & Field

The DASA Dynamite Track and Field team has been competing since 1998. The team consists of athletes competing in stand-up events, as well as athletes competing in racing chairs and field chairs. Athletes with little to no use of their legs typically use a racing chair to run (racing chair is more efficient if you also have functional use of both arms).  Athletes with CP, and Visual Impairments typically run. Track and field events consist of those sanctioned by USA Track and Field.  Like swimming, athletes compete against other athletes of the same age group and functional abilities. 


Wheelchair Basketball

The St. Louis Junior Rolling Rams is a coed, competitive wheelchair basketball team made up of children ages 6 to 18. Wheelchair basketball athletes do not have to use a wheelchair in everyday life to play wheelchair basketball. However, athletes do have to have an irreversible lower extremity disability which consistently interferes with functional mobility. Players do not need experience, or a wheelchair to get started. We provide coaching, as well as wheelchairs for initial practice and play.



Wheelchair Rugby

The St. Louis Spartans are a HARD HITTING, FAST MOVING, HIGH SCORING, QUICK PASSING and ADRENALINE RUSHING wheelchair rugby team. Wheelchair Rugby (aka Quad Rugby or Murderball) is a simple game with complex strategies for playing both offense and defense. It is played with a ball similar to a volleyball on a basketball-size court with goal lines marked by cones and a lined-off “key” area. The object of the game is to score a goal (1 point) by crossing the goal line with possession of the ball while the opposing team is defending that goal. The team with the most points when time runs out wins. Quad Rugby is a full contact sport, but no personal contact is allowed: Slapping, hitting, punching, gouging out eyes, biting off ears, etc. is not allowed and penalties are enforced, usually requiring time in the penalty box.




EVERYONE can practice yoga! We offer classes lying on the ground, seated on the floor, seated in a chair or wheelchair, kneeling or standing. We begin by discovering what you can do and then we build a FUN yoga practice from there. Building a stronger core, back and arms are important for everyone, but for someone with physical challenges, it helps them become more independent. The breathing techniques incorporated throughout the class teach children and adults how to become more mindful and how to use their breath to relax when they are upset, angry or afraid. This mindfulness is important in helping them notice changes in their bodies so that they can be a strong advocate for themselves.


Other Sports & Activities

Don't see something your looking for?

DASA offers several other sport and fitness opportunities that may not be listed on our current programs.  We are also always open to new ideas for programs at DASA.  Please contact our program director Meghan with any questions or suggestions.


Disabled Athlete Sports Association
1236 Jungermann Rd., Suite A
St. Peters, Missouri 63376

Phone: 636-477-0716
Email: [email protected]

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