Definitions and Classifications
( Sub classifications) for
Standing Division Variations & Sub classes
Each division will have sub classifications in the workout releases for their impairment. There will be cases an athlete needs to mix a sub class. Example athlete Deadlifts with 2 points and oly lifts with 1 point. The athlete may need to use 2 bars in a workout to accommodate the weights. Athletes may also be doing gymnastic movements with 2 points but lifting with 1 point so again the athlete would need to mix classifications.
Upper & Short Stature Impairment Division
2 points Upper is 2 points of contact on a barbell or equipment
1 point Upper is 1 point of contact on bar (no strap replacing limb) Commonly an Above elbow amputee or brachial plexus impairment.
Short Stature is an athlete that has dwarfism or a Variation of it. This impairment will affect limb length, joint mobility and or flexibility. Athletes that are short but have no affects of physical impairment from the short stature will NOT be eligible to compete.
Lower Impairment Division
2 points Lower is 2 points of contact on the floor ( commonly below knee amputee or hip, knee or ankle impairment)
1 point Lower is 1 point of contact with floor (Above Knee prosthetic or no prosthetic) (double leg amputees will be classified in this category) 1 point may use a box during squatting and hinging movements for safety. Commonly above knee amputee or fused knee not allowing for squatting to parallel.
Neurological Impairment Division
Major Neuro is Major neurological conditions where all 4 limbs are affected by balance, mobility, and coordination limitations. These athletes will struggle with grip and usually have extreme spasticity. Common impairments are CP, MS and Autism.
Minor Neuro is a neurological condition that will affect 1-4 limbs in a position that the athlete may only be affected with 1 side of the body with lack of power or balance. It may also show as drop foot. Common impairments are CP, Brain Injury or MS.
Visual Impaired & Deaf Athletes
These athletes will follow the standards for Standing Upper 2pts unless otherwise written in the description of the event. For the WheelWOD OPEN this classification will have its own division in 2020
WheelWOD OPEN classification for Visual impaired
The criteria for this year will be that every athlete who want to take part in this division will have to proof the following:
Visually Impaired athletes: Visual acuity ranges from LogMAR 1 to 1.40 (inclusive); and/or the visual field is constricted to a diameter of less than 40 degrees.
Athletes with hearing loss: Athletes that cannot hear sounds that are less than 55 dB.
The visual impairment is the criteria used in most sports of the IPC. And will include the biggest number of athletes. And the hearing loss is the one used in Deaflympics and to be part in the spanish basketball national team for deaf athletes.
Why deaf athletes in the division?
Some of this athletes may have their balance affected, and that would clearly affect in their performance. But we wanna include all deaf athletes /At the level of 55 db) for the handicap they have when learning this sport.
Seated Division Variations
The seated division will have 2 divisions this year,
SEATED 1 & 2
SEATED 1: High, Low & Multi Limb
Seated Low: Athletes with only two lower limbs affected by a spinal injury, The athlete will have little to no Hip flexor engagement and will not be able to walk to stand with out extreme assistance. This impairment Generally affects the athlete from the thoracic seventh vertebrae (T-7) to the (T-12).
Seated High: Athletes with only two lower limbs affected by a spinal injury, above hip amputation on both sides, or impairment that affects the athlete from the thoracic sixth vertebrae (T-6) to the cervical fifth vertebrae (C-5). These weights will differ from low in the olympic lifts.
Multi Limb: athletes are Seated athletes with two lower limbs and at least one upper limb impaired that affects grip. Must have core and hip flexors affected to be in this category. These weights will differ from low & high in the olympic lifts.
SEATED 2: Amputees & Lumbar, Minor neurological impairments
Leg Amputees, Lumbar level injured athletes or athletes with a neurological impairment that prohibits them to compete standing will compete in this division. These athletes will have access to hip flexors and ability to stand independently or with crutches.