Resources for Exercise

  • Fact Sheets

    • This guide is now designed as a resource manual for individuals with a paraplegic spinal cord injury who want to try to meet the strength training recommendations as outlined in the Physical Activity Guidelines for Adults with SCI.
      Source: SCI Action Canada

    • This guide is now designed as a resource manual for individuals with a tetraplegic spinal cord injury who want to try to meet the strength training recommendations as outlined in the Physical Activity Guidelines for Adults with SCI.
      Source: SCI Action Canada

    • Staying active is often considered a key factor in maintaining and improving overall health. Benefits of moderate physical activity can be even greater for individuals with a disability since they have atendency to live less active lifestyles. Inform your primary care physician prior to beginning a new exercise routine to make sure there are no medical issues you need to consider once you start to exercise. This infosheet is brought to you by Independent Living Research Utilization (ILRU) in partnership with the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (RRTC) on Spinal Cord Injury at the MedStar National Rehabilitation Hospital (MedStar NRH) in Washington, DC. 

    • Exercise contributes to good physical health and overall wellness. Not only does the body’s natural chemical reaction leave it feeling better when it is active and in good shape, but for individuals with SCI, the act of exercising can give them a sense of accomplishment and boost their self-esteem and confidence. This psychological aspect of exercise can be a great motivational tool for all individuals with a SCI. (from RRTC)  (from RRTC) (          

    • Most people seem to exercise for one or more of four reasons: to improve flexibility, increase strength, increase endurance or aerobic conditioning, or improve body shape. Although a spinal cord injury can make any or all of these harder, it doesn’t need to make any of them completely impossible.

    • Here are a few ways to increase your physical activity at regular intervals during the day. Keep in mind that you do not have to exercise all at once and that doing something several times a day for 5 minutes or so is just as good when it comes to keeping the calories off the waistline. (From NCPAD)

    • This article was adapted with permission from “Using A Fitness Center Does Not Have to be an Exercise in Frustration: Tips for People With Mobility and Visual Disabilities” (2008) by June Kailes, Associate Director, Center for Disability Issues and the Health Profession (CDIHP).

    • We all know physical activity is important for good health. This is as true for people with SCI as it is for the general population. But the barriers to getting exercise and staying fit are especially challenging for those with SCI . (From UW Medicine)

    • From the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (RRTC) on Secondary Conditions in the Rehabilitation of Individual with Spinal Cord Injury (2009-2014).

    • From the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (RRTC) on Secondary Conditions in the Rehabilitation of Individual with Spinal Cord Injury (2009-2014). 

  • Companies / Products

    • Center for Neuro Recovery is the nation’s leading functional movement exercise facility with the most state-of-the-art researched-backed equipment to date. Center for Neuro Recovery’s® Comprehensive Activity-based Strength Training (C.A.S.T.®) program helps individuals reach maximum levels of functionality, independence, and regain as much lost capability as possible through repetitive, activity-based strength training.

    • Located just outside Orlando, Florida, The Center of Recovery & Exercise is committed to providing a comprehensive activity based neurorecovery program developed specifically for individuals with spinal cord injuries and other related disorders to achieve optimal functional recovery, health and independence. The CORE program utilizes exercise science fundamentals in combination with state-of-the-art rehabilitative equipment and highly skilled trainers in a safe, supportive, goal oriented environment.

    • Located in Miami, iAm Able Fitness focuses on helping clients reclaim their lives by providing intense, exercise based health and fitness programs designed to increase function and maximize independence. 

    • It's a next generation, inclusive functional trainer with cloud technology. Rotating arms and adjustable handles let The Access Strength offer a revolutionary number of upper and lower body exercises on one machine. It transforms to fit you - regardless of your size, age, mobility or fitness level. 

    • Neurogym Technologies proudly announces the launch of its newest patented product – The Exercise Wheelchair. While there have been many evolutionary changes in wheelchairs over the years, turning a standard wheelchair into an effective gym is truly revolutionary. The Exercise Wheelchair enables most wheelchair users to easily exercise the trunk and lower limbs.

    • Located in Longwood, FL (Orlando area), NextStep (formerly Project Walk Orlando) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization established to help those with a spinal cord injury (SCI) improve their daily living through an aggressive exercise program.

    • The Sammons Preston catalog is a leading provider of rehabilitation, assistive and splinting products all over the world.

    • Stay In Step Recovery Center is designed to provide state of the art recovery to SCI patients in the Tampa community and surrounding areas. 

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  • Stories

    • 01/30/2015 - 2:27pm
      The benefits of exercise are not restricted to people who have full mobility. In fact, if injury, disability, illness, or weight problems have limited your mobility, it is even more important to experience the mood-boosting effects of exercise. Exercise...

    • 12/19/2011 - 3:23pm
      Every time the calendar turns over, people begin to lay out their plans for the new year. Most look to improve themselves in some way so getting in shape, learning something new, or having more fun appear to be the most popular “resolutions...

    • 09/21/2011 - 8:42am
      The National Center on Physical Activity and Disability is offering a free, web-based physical activity and nutrition program for people with chronic health conditions, mobility impairments, and physical disabilities. By registering, you will gain...

    • 08/25/2011 - 12:18pm
      by Anthony Radano In my job, I meet and talk to a lot of new spinal cord injury survivors. They are quadriplegics and paraplegics; complete and incomplete injuries; males, females, old, and young. No matter what category they fall into...

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