Adaptive Classifications

The following sport categories are developed to create fair racing on the SkiErg and are based off para nordic ski categories. Conditions affecting athlete’s ability and defining sport categories must be permanent in nature. Organ removal, by itself, does not qualify someone for any para sport category. Pain, by itself does not qualify someone, Disability experienced post-surgery is a temporary condition and does not qualify someone for any para category.

Note: If you are uncertain or have any questions please contact Alexis Demars at Concept2 (alexisd@concept2.com or call 800.245.5676 ext. 3086).

Standing

STA1: Standing Upper Impairment—One Arm Only

Skiers stand to ski on two legs, despite upper body impairment that may include muscle weakness, or amputation/prostheses. Athletes have use of one arm only.

STA2: Standing Upper Impairment—Two Arms

Skiers stand to ski on two legs, despite upper body impairment that may include muscle weakness, or amputation/prostheses. Athletes can use both arms.

STAL: Standing Lower Impairment

Skiers stand to ski on two legs, despite lower body impairment that may include muscle weakness, or amputation/prostheses in one or both legs.

STAI: Standing Intellectual Impairment

Athletes who have functional use of their legs, trunk and arms. They are able to use the SkiErg from a standing position. These athletes are intellectually disabled.

STAN: Standing Neurological Impairment

Athletes who have functional use of their legs, trunk and arms. They are able to use the SkiErg from a standing position. These athletes have a neurological condition such as Cerebral Palsy.

STAD: Standing Genetic Dwarfism

Athletes who have a genetic dwarfism condition, as established by the International Dwarf Sports Federation (“IDSF”). Examples of this category would be athletes with achondroplasia, hypochondroplasia, pseudoachondroplasia, SED, Kneist, metatropic dysplasia. Current IDSF criteria: Height for disproportionate dysplasia shall not exceed 5 feet 2 inches for males (157.5 cm), female maximum height shall not exceed 5 foot (152.4 cm). Height for a proportionate dysplasia shall not exceed 5 foot (152.4 cm) for males, female maximum height shall not exceed 4 foot 10 inches (147.3 cm).

Seated (all seated skiers have an impairment affecting both legs.)

SIT1: With Full Core Function

Athletes who have functional use of the trunk and arms, and minimal or no use of their legs.

SIT2: With Partial Core Function

Athletes have good abilities in their upper trunk, but very limited control in their lower trunk and hips, often due to lower spinal cord injuries.

SIT3: With No Core Function

Athletes who have minimal or no trunk function and minimal or no use of their legs.

Visually Impaired (VI)

Athletes who have functional use of their legs, trunk and arms. They are able to use the SkiErg from a standing position. These athletes have permanently impaired vision. Maximum vision of 10% of normal in best eye with best correction from visual acuity above 02/60 up to visual acuity of 06/60.