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Adaptive Classifications

 
 
Classifications were developed as a means to offer fair competition within each class. At AARC, we do not adhere strictly to the classifications as designated by FISA unless an athlete is training for competition which is regulated. In general, we follow the reasonable advice offered by our volunteer physical therapists which is to engage as many muscle groups as possible and to apply as much of the full rowing stroke as possible.
 
 
Legs, Trunk, Arms (LTA)  for athletes who are able to use at least one leg, their trunk, and their arms, and for those with visual impairments or cognitive impairments. LTA athletes typically row in standard sculling or sweep shells with sliding seats, with the option of adding pontoons for extra stability. The LTA Mixed 4+ is the focus in this category for international competition
Intellectual Disabilities (ID)
for athletes who meet the eligibility criteria established by the International Sports Federation for Persons with an Intellectual Disability (INAS-FID) and have completed the athlete eligibility application and have been issued with a INAS-FID Athletes Card. The ID Mixed 4+ is the focus in this category for international competition 
Trunk and Arms (TA) 
for athletes who are able to use only their trunk muscles. The shells used by these athletes generally have fixed seats and pontoons for added stability, and sculling is most common. The TA Mixed 2x is the focus in this category for international competition
Arms and Shoulders (AS)  for athletes with limited trunk control. The shells these athletes row have fixed seats and pontoons for stability, and the rower is strapped to the fixed seat both at the waist and at the upper chest level, to allow only shoulder and arm movements. The AS1x for men and women is the focus in this category for international competition

 

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