As someone who played wheelchair basketball for over 20 years, I am pretty handy in a wheelchair, but I worry that my mobility will become increasingly impaired. At the moment I get by, but I am noticing changes. Longer distances in my wheelchair, steep inclines and rough pavements all take their toll.
The greatest impact is on my energy, with even basic day-to-day movement requiring a tremendous amount of stamina. I liken it to non-disabled people trying to walk through treacle. I am pushing my entire weight, and the weight of my wheelchair, through each and every movement. And this makes you selective in the activities you decide are worth that effort.