TOKYO 2020 PARALYMPIC GAMES
Team USA won gold in both men’s and women’s wheelchair basketball at the 2016 Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro, bringing the nation’s all-time gold medal tally in this sport to 12. For the men’s team, it was their first gold medal since 1988 and eighth overall. The women won gold for the third time in the last four Paralympic cycles.
USA AMPUTEE BASKETBALL PLAYERS
Wheelchair basketball players receive a classification score from 1 to 4.5, with lower numbers corresponding to lower mobility. During games, each team can place any five players on the court, of any classification, as long as their aggregate classification score is 14 or below.
Nearly all amputees fall into the classifications with the highest mobility (i.e., 4 or 4.5). A summary of all classifications:
4.5 = Unliateral below-knee amputation
4 = High impairment in one leg
3.5 = Moderate impairment in lower trunk and both legs
3 = Moderate impairment in midtrunk and both legs
2.5 = Mild impairment in trunk and all four limbs
2 = Mild impairment in trunk and arms, high impairment in both legs
1.5 = Highly impaired movement in midtrunk and both legs, plus mild impairment in one arm
1 = Highly impaired movement in trunk and both legs
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PARALYMPIC PATHWAYS: WHEELCHAIR BASKETBALL
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