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Thursday, January 15, 2015
SCI Research Update
Community-based Virtual Reality Group Exercise Training
in Individuals with Spinal Cord Injury
SCIRF 2014 I – 01
who sustain a spinal cord injury many times become physically inactive, which
leads to increased risk of cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes,
osteoporosis, and certain forms of cancer. Also, research demonstrates that the
disability-related physical inactivity can cause a decrease in health-related
quality of life. Some individuals with spinal cord injury may not want to
incorporate exercise into their daily routine, but there may be another option.
reality (exercise computer games) in group settings are fun, increase
motivation for exercise, and offer major advantages over traditional aerobic
exercise programs, including increased safety and immediate feedback on how
they are performing.
study will first compare health and quality of life in individuals with spinal
cord injury who are active versus those who are not active. Then it will see if
increasing activity in the physically inactive group will improve health and
quality of life.
is expected that activeindividuals with
spinal cord injury will have a betterhealth and quality of lifethan inactive individuals with
spinal cord injury. It is also expected that participating in eight weeks of
group vocational rehabilitation hand cycle training in the community will
improve health at eight weeks and three months compared to individuals with
spinal cord injuries who do not participate in the exercise program.
More information about study recruitment will be provided at a later