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Spinal Cord Injury Fact Sheet: NCPAD

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Spinal Cord Injury Fact Sheet: NCPAD
by: The National Center on Physical Activity and Disability

Spinal cord injury (SCI) is a complete or partial lesion to the spinal cord. The result of SCI is functional loss (sensory motor and autonomic dysfunction); severity depends on the level and completeness of the lesion. The physical ability of persons with SCI is classified according to the amount of function retained. Common categories are paraplegia (SCI affecting level T2 and below, trunk and lower extremities involved) and quadriplegia/tetraplegia (SCI affecting level T1 or above, all four extremities and trunk involved).

Read full text of "Supporting Individuals with Spinal Cord Injury in Developing a Fitness Program" on the NCPAD Website HERE

Table of Contents:
  • Introduction
  • Importance of Exercise
  • Exercise Types
  • Important Considerations
  • Cardiovascular
  • Quadriplegia
  • Paraplegia
  • Strength Training
  • Flexibility
  • Safety
  • Note
  • Organizations
  • References

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