Spinal cord injuries can be debilitating. However, research is making leaps and bounds into finding a cure for this devastating personal injury, and British Columbia is the leader of the pack when it comes to this research. A University of British Columbia researcher was the leader of a group that came to the conclusion that people with spinal cord injuries should have about a half an hour of medium-to-high intensity aerobic exercise three times every week. The research that led to this conclusion will be presented at the International Spinal Cord Society’s annual meeting in Ireland.
The team consisted of researchers not only from Canada but from the United States, the United Kingdom, Sweden, Italy and the Netherlands. More than 210 studies were analyzed. The team looked at indicators like bone health, muscle strength, body type and cardiorespiratory fitness. They also looked at risk factors regarding the heart as they related to spinal cord injuries.
People who have any degree of spinal cord injuries face challenges when it comes to exercise. Getting to a gym alone can be a feat, not to mention navigating any areas in a wheelchair. In fact, many people with such injuries have been turned away from gyms because they can’t be accommodated. There are currently only six gyms in Canada that are able to work with those who have spinal cord injuries.
Suffering any kind of personal injury can potentially change a person’s life forever. If the injury was suffered as a result of another person’s careless actions, the sufferer has the right to speak with a British Columbia lawyer about pursuing a civil claim. Getting financial compensation will help with things like additional medical expenses, potential loss of income, and pain and suffering.
Source: vancouversun.com, “B.C.-led research to help people with spinal cord injuries get fit“, Oct. 26, 2017