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Physical Fitness Programming for Individuals with Spinal Cord Injury: Paraplegia and Tetraplegia

Rosa, Sheryl A BS1; Westcott, Wayne L PhD, CSCS2

Strength & Conditioning Journal:
doi: 10.1519/SSC.0b013e3181f3d5ae
Column: One on One
Abstract

MORE THAN 1 MILLION AMERICANS ARE LIVING WITH PARALYSIS CAUSED BY SPINAL CORD INJURY (SCI). REGULAR EXERCISE CONTRIBUTES TO STAYING WELL AND MAINTAINING FUNCTIONAL INDEPENDENCE. THIS COLUMN PRESENTS GUIDELINES FOR AN ADAPTIVE FITNESS PROGRAM FOR INDIVIDUALS WITH SCI IN COMMUNITY GYMS AND FITNESS CENTERS.

Author Information

1South Shore YMCA, Quincy, Massachusetts; and 2Quincy College, Quincy, Massachusetts

Paul Sorace, MS, ACSM RCEP, CSCS*D

Column Editor

Sheryl A. Rosa the director of the Partnership Program for members with physical disabilities at the South Shore YMCA in Quincy, Massachusetts.

Wayne L. Westcott teaches exercise science and directs the Fitness Research Center at Quincy College in Quincy, Massachusetts.

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