The University of Maryland Rehabilitation & Orthopaedic Institute sponsors the Maryland Mayhem, our wheelchair rugby team. Wheelchair rugby is also known as Quad Rugby or Murderball.
It is a simple game with complex strategies. It is a full contact sport played by individuals in wheelchairs, who are impaired in their upper and lower extremities. Physical contact is not allowed but contact between wheelchairs is. It is not for the faint-hearted. Games consist of four eight-minute quarters and players use a volleyball ball, on a basketball-size court with goal lines marked by cones and a lined-off "key" area.
The object of the game is to score a point by crossing the goal line with possession of the ball while the opposing team is defending that goal. The team with the most points when time runs out wins.
Players use wheelchairs specifically designed for the sport of wheelchair rugby. The chair is outfitted with a front bumper and "wings." The bumper is designed to help strike and hold opposing wheelchairs and the wings, positioned in front of the main wheels, make the wheelchair more difficult to stop. The wheelchairs, at times, collide at speeds of 17-18 mph.
The sport was developed over 20 years ago where it began in the hospitals and parking lots of North America. It was designated as an official Paralympic sport in 1994 and has continued to evolve as the fastest growing wheelchair sport in the world. The sport is governed internationally by the International Wheelchair Rugby Federation (IWRF) and in the United States by the United States Quad Rugby Association (USQRA).
For information regarding Maryland Mayhem please contact Andrea Garrett, C.T.R.S. at: