Powerlifting is open to athletes with all eight eligible physical impairments, provided these impairments have a certain severity that impacts on sport performance. All athletes have an impairment in their lower limbs or hips, which prohibits them from competing in able-bodied weightlifting, and all athletes compete in one sport class.
An accurate and strong technique is essential in Para powerlifting. Its only difference from the conventional sport is that Para athletes bench press laid on a bench. Para athletes with physical impairment: men and women with short stature, with amputations, or limitations in the strength or flexibility of the legs may compete based on their weight.
Para powerlifting was initially exclusive for athletes with spinal cord injuries, but in the second Paralympic Games in 1964, athletes with other impairments were included. Para powerlifting was introduced at the Rio 2007 Parapan American Games.