Helpful resources to improve your best life.
Helpful Resources to Support People with Disabilities and Their Families
The resources below include some helpful advice, interesting research, and practical guidelines on maintaining and improving fitness and wellness while living with a disabling condition, such as spinal cord injury or stroke.
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Therapeutic Exercise Facilities:
Community Fitness and Wellness Program at Frazier Rehab Institute in Louisville, Ky, (502) 582-7411.
Evidence-based scientific exercise guidelines for adults with spinal cord injury. Spinal Cord, volume 56, pages308–321 (2018).
Discussion of the new exercise guidelines for adults with SCI at spinalcord.com. Includes one-page pdf download of guidelines.
Exercise resources from ICORD’s (International Coalition on Repair Discoveries) Physical Activity Resource Centre for spinal cord injury.
Physical and exercise recommendations for Stroke Survivors. American Heart Association 2014.
Nutrition, Stress Reduction, Etc.
Food, Weight, and Health for People with Spinal Cord Injury. Spinalis Foundation.
Tips for Managing Stress while living with paralysis. Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation — Stress Reduction Practices.
Yoga after paralysis. Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation
Yoga for People with Disabilities. National Center on Health, Physical Activity, and Disability (NCHPAD).
Gathering Strength’s online classes.
Fitness and Mobility Exercise (FAME) for stroke survivors.
National Center on Health, Physical Activity and Disability’s (NCHPAD) Inclusive Fitness Tips.
Arm exercises for stroke survivors video by Flint Rehab.
Leg exercise for stroke survivors video by Flint Rehab.
Core exercises for stroke survivors video by Flint Rehab.
Aerobics for stroke survivors video by NCHPAD.
Move to the Beats — High energy wheelchair-based cardio workout by BORP (Bay Area Outreach & Recreation Program)
Multiple adapted cardio and strength workouts for SCI by Adapt to Perform