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Program Details


Activities Offered
  • Biking
  • Camp
  • Canoeing
  • Horseback Riding
  • Kayaking
  • Rafting
  • Ropes Course
  • Sailing
  • Snow Skiing
  • Various Recreational Activities
  • Various Sports
  • Water Skiing
Building Access
  • Meets ADA standards

Staff Training and Certification
  • Staff Training: CTRS; Staff has years of personal and professional experience adapting exercise programs for people with all types of disabilities

Adaptive Equipment
  • Adaptive equipment available
    All exercise equipment is wheelchair-friendly; offers an equipment loan program

  • Accessible by Public Transportation: Yes

  • Transportation Provided by the Program: No


There are universally acknowledged benefits to involvement in sports and recreational activities. The primary focus of the St. David's Wheelchair Fitness Program is to improve the participant's functional fitness level. Additionally, the program provides opportunities to enhance total quality of life by providing psychological and health-related benefits. For a newly injured person who may feel isolated, participating in wheelchair sports provides social interaction and a sense of belonging to a group with a positive image. Self-esteem and a sense of value are significantly enhanced through the simple inclusion in these programs. Participation in the activities also provides a healthy support system of people with common interests, goals and desires.

Wheelchair Fitness Center
The Wheelchair Fitness Center is the only barrier-free exercise facility in the Central Texas region that provides fitness programs designed exclusively for physically challenged clients. Currently, the Fitness Center serves over 450 inpatients, outpatients and community members on a monthly basis. The hours of operation are 10am -7pm, Monday through Friday. Transportation is available via Special Transit System during afternoons and evenings for both routine workouts and special events. The new location is on the Number 320/338/37 Capital Metro Bus Route. All of the Fitness Center's exercise equipment is wheelchair-friendly and designed to meet our clients' unique needs. Specialized fitness equipment is available including:

  • Equalizer (5000) universal gym sets (1)
  • Paragym multiexercise machines (2)
  • Versatrainer, upper body ergometers
  • Stationary rickshaw
  • Airdyne bike
  • Free weights
  • Recumbent bike

The Wheelchair Fitness Center also offers an equipment loan program. This service provides members the opportunity to use specialized adaptive equipment such as, basketball, and tennis chairs. Please call (512) 451-1752 or (512) 451-3637 to receive a Wheelchair Fitness Center membership packet and information regarding the equipment loan program.

Professional Staff
The Wheelchair Fitness Center has a highly trained professional staff. In addition, there is a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist with a Texercise Trainer certification. They have years of personal and professional experience adapting exercise programs for people with all types of disabilities including: spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries, orthopedic injuries, cerebral palsy, and other neurological disorders. Individualized exercise programs are designed and supervised by staff to address the client's current physical condition, needs, and goals.

Adult Fitness Program
St. David's Rehabilitation Hospital offers a continuum of fitness and outdoor adventure programs for inpatients, outpatients, and community members. Ongoing programs include wheelchair basketball, including the Holiday Classic basketball tournament, and an outdoor adventure program for snow skiing. St. David's Rehabilitation Hospital also supports and sponsors area athletic teams, individuals, and specific events for disabled participants.