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Exercise after Spinal Cord Injury: Why Do It?

Exercising after a spinal cord injury (SCI) is just as important as it is for able-bodied people. People with SCI may be more susceptible to cardiovascular disease and body composition concerns. Hear our experts and people with SCI speak about the importance of exercising after a spinal cord injury!

Exercise after Spinal Cord Injury: How to Begin

It may be difficult to know where to start or how to build an exercise program after spinal cord injury (SCI). Blood pressure and heart rate are typically lower in people with SCI so they don’t always provide accurate measures of how hard someone is exercising. Working with medical and fitness professionals is a good place to start. As well, using the Rate of Perceived Exertion scale can help with knowing how hard to work.

Exercise after Spinal Cord Injury: What to Consider

Exercising with a spinal cord injury (SCI) may cause some secondary complications, like skin breakdown (pressure ulcers) or blood pressure concerns (autonomic dysreflexia, AD, or orthostatic hypotension, OH). Get some tips on how to prevent complications from exercising!

The Spinal Cord Injury Research Evidence (SCIRE) Project youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/SCIREWebVideo/featured

** This post was originally published on https://spinalcordinjuryzone.com/info/54017/exercise-after-spinal-cord-injury

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