Intermittent catheterization in wheelchair athletes with SCI

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Lay Summary by Alanna Shwed Edited by Rona Herzog, Tiffany Fong, and Alyssa Chong This is a summary of research conducted by ICORD researchers Matthias Walter, Ian Ruiz, Jordan Squair, ICORD PI Dr. Andrei Krassioukov, and their colleagues Luis Rios Read More…

Individualized training for powered wheelchairs results in greater satisfaction with prior set goals

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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

Exercise heart rate and physical activity after SCI

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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

A phone-monitored upper limb home exercise program for post-stroke individuals

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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