The purpose of this study was to determine whether a powered wheelchair user’s ‘goal satisfaction’ improved after five sessions of individualized wheelchair skills training. The researchers also wanted to determine whether or not these changes in satisfaction were maintained 3 months after the training ended. Continue reading
The authors of this study set out to review existing research to create evidence-based exercise guidelines for improving cardiorespiratory health and cardiometabolic health which are specifically designed for those with SCI. Continue reading
What is a biomarker? A biomarker is any measurable indicator in the body that represents a certain condition. Having a biomarker is helpful in assessing an illness, and sometimes in selecting the most effective treatment for the illness.
Why study physical activity and participation? High-level SCI can cause damage to nerves that regulate the cardiovascular system, making it hard for affected individuals to regulate their heart rate and blood pressure. As a consequence, blood pressure can be very low in people with high-level SCI, and their heart rates are often slow and fail to increase as they should during exercise. Continue reading
Post stroke recovery– The ideal rehabilitation program: Up to 75% of stroke survivors have upper limb impairments that make everyday tasks like grasping a cup or utensil difficult. Many of these individuals become reluctant to use their affected limb in daily activities (called “learned non-use”). This can be detrimental to their long-term health, since reduced arm use has been associated with consequences such as decreased strength and bone density. Continue reading
Allie Donaldson & Otto Tam Edited by Ana-Maria Oproescu This is a summary of a research study conducted by ICORD researchers Dr. Bita Imam, Dr. William Miller, Dr. Hugh Anton, Dr. Susan Forwell, and Dr. Andrea Townson. Click here to Read More…