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New Mobile App Promotes Fitness for People with Spinal Cord Injury

Published: February 10, 2017 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury: , ,

Shepherd Center, in collaboration with MobileSmith, has developed a mobile app called SCI-Ex to promote fitness for people with spinal cord injury (SCI). The app, which is available for both Apple and Android devices, provides video demonstrations with detailed descriptions of proper equipment use, accurate transfer methods and adaptive exercise techniques.

“There is some information online and still photos of exercises, but until now, there have not been any user-friendly, in-depth videos of exercises for people with spinal cord injury,” said Nicholas Evans, one of the lead exercise specialists at Shepherd Center. “SCI-Ex doesn’t just present exercises, but incorporates the proper techniques to use assistive devices, proper transferring methods, and how to manage those methods and/or devices in a facility.” Continue Reading »

No barrier is unbreakable! By Tamara Mena

Published: November 14, 2016 | Category: Information | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

I am Tamara Mena and I am 30 years old. I’m a host, model, and motivational speaker. Continue Reading »

25 years later, former Lion Mike Utley won’t be defeated by spinal cord injury

Published: October 24, 2016 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury:

25-years-later-mike-utleyFLINT, MI — Nov. 17, 1991. Sunday afternoon. Pontiac Silverdome.

The Detroit Lions were facing the Los Angeles Rams.

At 50-years-old, Mike Utley can still tell you the sequence of events from that day verbatim.

He was in his third NFL season as an offensive lineman for the Lions. Life was good. Continue Reading »

BOOK: I’m Not Broken

Published: October 15, 2016 | Category: Information | Spinal Cord Injury:
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I’m Not Broken

Twenty-something Samantha McCormick wakes up in the hospital to learn she has a spinal cord injury from a car accident, and she’s paralyzed from the waist down. It doesn’t take her long to begin to master the new physical challenges in her life. But she’s haunted by the blurred lines between dreams and a fractured reality full of broken memories of the accident. Brian Haines is the physical therapist assigned to Sam to help her regain her independence and sense of self. He’s devoted to his task, but his commitment to working with Sam eventually transitions from dedication to something more personal. Sam is thrilled and flattered by the attention. Yet, all the while she can’t help but think she might be missing important memories and pieces of information, and she worries her new life is little more than a fragile house of cards. Continue Reading »

Stacy Kohut – Four Wheel Annihilation!

Published: October 7, 2016 | Category: Videos | Spinal Cord Injury:

Stacy Kohut shreds Whistler Mountain Bike Park trails aboard his awesome Four Wheel bike! Continue Reading »

Go karts help paralyzed racer find new normal

Published: October 4, 2016 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury: , ,

matt-maier-1When he distances himself from the memory, and the wheelchair, Matt Maier is simply racing again. He’s independent and self-assured. His knowledge and experience are advantageous.

He slides his helmet on and the view becomes framed and familiar. This is what he knows: The ripping start-up noise of engines, the smell of the sun baking the race track, the open pavement beckoning.

What’s been new is the adjustment outside of this world, the one with specially adapted cars and physical therapy appointments and the loss of the use of half of his body. Continue Reading »

What People Don’t Know About Staying Fit In a Wheelchair

Published: July 25, 2016 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury:

wheelchair-fitness“If I get too heavy, I can’t do basic things like shower or get myself in and out of my bed or car.”

I’m 31 years old, and I’ve been using a wheelchair since the age of five due to a spinal cord injury that left me paralyzed from the waist down. Growing up overly aware of my lack of control of my lower body and in a family that’s battled weight issues, I was concerned about staying fit from a young age. For me, it’s always been about so much more than vanity—people in wheelchairs need to maintain a healthy weight in order to stay independent. Continue Reading »

‘Can’t’ doesn’t exist for incredible boy who suffers from spinal cord injury

Published: July 13, 2016 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury:

WATCH: Twelve-year-old Tai Young defies the odds and breaks down barriers. Susan Hay has the story in the latest Making a Difference. Continue Reading »

Wheel Love

Published: July 5, 2016 | Category: Links | Spinal Cord Injury: , ,
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WheelLove.ca

Lessons in life, love and wheelies.

Real life stories from two normal (…ok, somewhat normal) girls living extraordinary lives with men who don’t let their wheelchairs define them.

Wheel Love is a place where people can come to learn about the good, the bad and the ridiculously funny aspects of living with and loving someone in a wheelchair. It’s also a place where people in similar situations can find support, encouragement and friendship through our words, our videos and our experiences. Continue Reading »

A Guide To Spinal Cord Injury

Published: June 22, 2016 | Category: Videos | Spinal Cord Injury: , ,

This video was done as part of a project for one of Sam’s classes in nursing school. The people interviewed are very near and dear to our hearts and we hope that once you hear their stories they will have stolen a little piece of your heart as well. Continue Reading »