Physical Impairment

Who can compete?
Para Taekwondo is open to athletes with a physical, intellectual, vision or hearing impairment. Athletes are required to submit medical reports and meet the minimum impairment criteria in order to compete.

The following is a summary of the eligible physical impairments and Minimum Impairment Criteria (MIC) to be able to compete in Para Taekwondo
Eligible impairments
Description
Minimum Impairment Criteria
Loss of limbs
Partial or complete absence of bones or joints due to amputation or deficiency from birth.
Kyorugi: loss of one arm above the wrist OR shortened arm of similar length.

Poomsae: loss of one arm above the wrist OR shortened arm of similar length; OR loss of one leg below the knee.
Muscle weakness/Impaired muscle power
Muscle weakness or paralysis from conditions such as muscular dystrophy, multiple sclerosis, nerve damage, spinal cord injury or other spinal condition.
Kyorugi: Loss of strength in at least one shoulder or elbow.

Poomsae: Loss of strength in at least one shoulder or elbow; OR significant loss of strength in at least one hip.
Restricted joint movement/ Impaired passive range
Restricted movement or tightness in a joint/s from conditions such as joint fusions and other restricting conditions.
Kyorugi and Poomsae: Joint movement restriction in elbow.
Co-ordination impairments -Hypertonia, Ataxia, Athetosis
Impairments from neurological conditions such as acquired brain injury, cerebral palsy and multiple sclerosis that affect co-ordination and smoothness of movement and balance.
Poomsae only: Co-ordination or movement difficulties in at least one arm or leg.
Leg Length difference
Significant difference in leg length due to a deficiency at birth or trauma
Poomsae only: Difference between length of legs of 7cm or more
Short Stature
Reduced standing height and limb length from conditions such as achondroplasia or other conditions that affect growth.
Poomsae only: Adult standing height less than or equal to 145m (males)/137cm (females); 

AND

Arm length less than or equal to 66cm (males)/63cm (females); 

AND

Standing height plus arm length less than or equal to 200cm (males)/190cm (females).

Para-Taekwondo Sport Classes

The prefix for each class identifies whether it is for Kyorugi (K) or Poomsae (P) events
KYORUGI CLASSES
Athletes with restricted joints, muscle weakness or loss of limbs.
Sport Classes
Description (Guide Only)
Highest Level of Competition
K 41
Athletes with limb loss in both arms through or above the elbow or equivalent shortened arms.
World Championships
K 44
Athletes with impairments in one or both arms that affect at least one shoulder, wrist or elbow.
Paralympics
POOMSAE CLASSES
Athletes with co-ordination impairments (hypertonia, ataxia, athetosis).
Sport Classes
Description (Guide Only)
Highest Level of Competition
P 31
Athletes with a co-ordination impairment in both legs. May also have a mild impairment in the arms.
World Championships
P 32
Athletes with coordination impairment or involuntary movements that affects both the arms and legs.
World Championships
P 33
Athletes with co-ordination impairments down one side of their body.
World Championships
P 34
Athletes with mild co-ordination difficulties usually in one or two limbs.
World Championships
Athletes with restricted joints, muscle weakness or loss of limbs.
Sport Classes
Description (Guide Only)
Highest Level of Competition
P41
Athletes with limb loss in both arms through or above the elbow or an equivalent shortened arm.
World Championships
P42
Athletes with limb loss in both arms below the elbow or an equivalent shortened arm.
World Championships
P43
Athletes with limb loss in one arm through or above the wrist or an equivalent shortened arm.
World Championships
P44
Athletes with impairments in one or both arms that affect at least one shoulder or elbow.
World Championships
P45
Athletes with leg length difference or below knee amputation/limb loss in one leg. Athletes may use a prosthetic leg.
World Championships
Athletes with muscle weakness, loss of limbs or hypertonia who use equipment (eg wheelchair, canes, crutches)
Sport Classes
Description (Guide Only)
Highest Level of Competition
P51
Athletes with limb loss, muscle or co-ordination impairments in one or both legs who use equipment in standing or sitting.
World Championships
P52
Athletes with limb loss (complete absence of both legs) or muscle weakness affecting the legs and torso who compete sitting.
World Championships
P53
Athletes with co-ordination impairments who use canes, crutches or other walking aids.
World Championships
Athletes with short stature
Sport Classes
Description (Guide Only)
Highest Level of Competition
P 72
Adult standing height less than or equal to 145cm (males)/137cm (females); AND Arm length less than or equal to 66cm (males)/63cm (females); AND Standing height plus arm length less than or equal to 200cm (males)/190cm (females).
World Championships

Physical Impairment Classification

Australian Taekwondo manage the National Classification Program for Physical Impairment. If you have a Physical impairment (PI) and would like to start the process of getting a PI classification for Para Taekwondo, please click on the link below to complete a classification request form.

You will also need to submit some additional medical evidence from your doctor as well as the classification request form. To help you with this process, you may wish to use our “Letter to Specialist” to take with you when seeing your specialist.

Supporting Documents

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