A simple online physical activity guideline for people with spinal cord injury

A simple online physical activity guideline for people with spinal cord injury

A team of researchers has developed an online platform of tried and true resources to help people living with spinal cord injury (SCI) lead a more active life. Professor Kathleen Martin Ginis is the director of the Centre for Chronic Disease Prevention and Management based at UBC Okanagan. She says a major barrier to physical activity for people with a spinal cord injury is a lack of knowledge or resources about the amount and type of activity needed to achieve health and fitness benefits. "It's really hard for people to be active, let alone people living with a spinal cord injury," she says. To complicate matters, an international consortium of experts created two international guidelines for people with SCI. One provides recommendations for using exercise to increase cardiorespiratory fitness and muscle strength while the other is a recommendation for using exercise to improve cardiometabolic health. Both guidelines stipulate the minimum amount of aerobic exercise and strengthening exercises needed weekly. "These are scientific guidelines, that are great for scientists," says Martin Ginis, who led the international consortium of experts. "But for Canadians with a spinal cord injury, we didn't provide a really clear path and clear information on how to implement those guidelines into a daily routine." Martin Ginis's team, including staff from Spinal Cord Injury BC and researchers with the International Collaboration on Repair Discoveries, spent the past two years reviewing, analyzing and testing the guidelines. More than a hundred people from the SCI community provided feedback. We sat down with experts, scientists, clinicians, people living with spinal cord injury, and key organizations and asked how can we take this scientific information and put it into something that people can use." Professor Kathleen Martin Ginis, director of the Centre for Chronic Disease Prevention and Management, UBC Okanagan Related Stories



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