Rehabilitation in spinal cord injury: Exercise and testing for cardiorespiratory endurance and musculoskeletal fitness

Kerri A. Morgan, Susan Tucker, Kelly L. Taylor

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Abstract

Persons living with a spinal cord injury often experience poorer health, are at greater risk for chronic health conditions, and have a higher likelihood of obesity than the general population. Regular physical activity and exercise is widely recognized as having health benefits. However, persons with a spinal cord injury are one of the least physically active populations, and those who are active often are not experiencing the health-related benefits. An important aspect of supporting persons with a spinal cord injury to successfully engage, initiate, and maintain physical activity and exercise is being able to have reliable information to inform and develop individualized programs and track change. Whether a person is an elite athlete training for the Paralympics or a newly injured person with a spinal cord injury, having information to guide programs and help people achieve goals is crucial. This chapter will discuss the importance of exercise, barriers to exercise, exercise considerations, and recommendations for exercise for persons with a spinal cord injury. Types of exercise testing, testing protocols and considerations, and equipment and adaptations will also be discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDiagnosis and Treatment of Spinal Cord Injury
PublisherElsevier
Pages513-524
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)9780128224984
ISBN (Print)9780128224991
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2022

Keywords

  • Cardiorespiratory endurance
  • Exercise
  • Exercise adaptations
  • Exercise considerations
  • Exercise equipment
  • Exercise recommendations
  • Exercise testing
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Strength

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