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Can someone with a spinal cord injury still participate in sports?

Absolutely someone with a spinal cord injury can still participate in sporting activites. With the proper functional training, someone with a spinal cord injury can strengthen the muscles surrounding the spine to stabalize the injured area and continue to participate in sports.
Joanne Duncan-Carnesciali, CPT,NASM Elite Trainer
Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
Definitely!  Organizations such as Wheelchair Sports USA, Disabled Sports USA, National Wheelchair Basketball Association do much to promote inclusion in sports in the spinal cord injury/spinal cord disability arena.

Wheelchair Sports USA sponsors competitive events in pistol shooting, riflery, swimming, table tennis, weightlifting, archery, fencing wheelchair slalom and track and field.

Aaron Fotheringham has been a true inspiration in demonstrating that individuals with spinal cord injuries can outperform individuals without disabilities.

In encourage you to visit the following link.

http://videos.disabled-world.com/video/284/aaron-fotheringham-wheelchair-backflip
Charles J. Sophy, MD
Adolescent Medicine
Yes depending on the physical limitations and issues from the injury. Science has come so far in enabling those with such injuries to live as close to as meaningful as possible 

Jay Williams, PhD
Physiology
Addressing this question as both an exercise physiologist AND the wife of a man with a spinal cord injury, the only asnwer to that question is a BIG yes.

Just as it is important physiologically and mentally for all of us to stay physically active, so it is for someone with this type of injury.

One of the best activities for spinal cord rehab and/or sports participation is water sports where balance can be supported in many ways.
CLNGSPN ADMN
Administration
Absolutely! There are a huge variety of both recreational and competitive opportunities for individuals with spinal cord injuries. It is important to remember that if a sport is available to an able-bodied person, it is highly likely that it is available to someone with a disability. Through adaptive technology, professional instruction, and equipment, individuals can participate in many year-round sports and activities such as alpine skiing, hand cycling, hunting, quad rugby, tennis, shooting, archery, and rock climbing.

Specialized equipment will enhance your participation and experience, whether it is a racing lightweight wheelchair or an adaptive mono ski.

Recreational activities and sports are critical for leisure and to stay in shape physically and mentally. Athletes can participate recreationally or competitively and may enjoy competing at an international level in an array of paralympic sports.

Whatever your interest may be, there are many excellent resources, organizations, products, and professionals to help you find the recreational activity that you would like to participate in.

It is a documented fact that participation has many benefits for both the disabled person and his or her family. The impact of participation in adaptive therapeutic recreation is powerful. The results are life-changing not only for the person with a disability but the family as a whole. The belief is "If I can do this, I can do anything."

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