Shauna Paisley Cooper (left) discusses the new FES machines with Louise Miller.
People with spinal cord injuries and reduced mobility now have access to specialized exercise equipment in an inclusive community setting, thanks to a partnership between the University of Alberta and the Spinal Cord Injury Treatment Centre (Northern Alberta) Society.
Two new functional electrical stimulation (FES) rehabilitation therapy machines are now available at the Saville Community Sports Centre, operated by the Faculty of Physical Education and Recreation at the U of A. FES is a form of exercise for people with spinal cord injuries, stroke and other neuromuscular disorders that involves sending electrical currents to paralyzed or weakened muscles so they contract to restore some degree of functional movement.
Demonstration of ReWalk by an experienced user
You are invited to attend a demonstration of the ReWalk in Edmonton October 2nd.
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To attend: Please contact Louise 780 436-5606
Physical activity plays a critical role in overall health. The loss of fitness and independence associated with physical inactivity greatly impacts quality-of-life and community participation for people with spinal cord injury (SCI). To improve fitness, healthy adults with SCI should participate in at least 20 minutes of moderate-vigorous aerobic activity two times per week, as well as strength training exercises two times per week. Physical Activity Guidelines for Adults with Spinal Cord Injury Cord Injury can be located at http://www.sciactioncanada.ca/guidelines/ March 2010 a committee was struck by SCITCS to explore– Expanding Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES) Exercise into the community to provide an inclusive exercise option for people with SCI and other disabilities.
FES is a technique by which electrical currents are applied to paralyzed or weakened muscles to elicit a contraction for the purpose of functional movements.
In 2011 a partnership between SCITCS (www.scitcs.org), the Saville Fitness Centre and The Steadward Centre www.steadwardcentre.ualberta.ca was established which resulted in an inclusive FES exercise program in a public venue giving those with SCI the freedom to exercise when they wish and with whom they wish. To our knowledge there is no other inclusive FES exercise program like this in North America. For additional information or to participate in an FES exercise program Phone: Email: email@example.com phone: 780-492-9389
SCITCS has provided $102,000 to support this unique two-year project
The report, The Incidence and Prevalence of Spinal Cord Injury in Canada: Overview and Estimates Based on Current Evidence, jointly released on December 15, 2010 by the RHI and the Urban Futures Institute, has found that close to 86,000 Canadians are currently living with spinal cord injury; 44,000 of whom are living with SCI as a result of traumatic causes.
The report further notes that of the estimated 4,300 new cases of spinal cord injury that occur in Canada each year, about 1,785 are the result of traumatic injury from causes such as car accidents. Click here to view the report, press release, and backgrounders on this milestone report about the scope, scale, and impact of SCI in Canada.
2010 Federal Disability Report Released by Human Resources and Skills Development Canada The report can be accessed in HTML or PDF format.
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