Publication Date

1-1-2012

Document Type

Dissertation/Thesis

First Advisor

Blaschak, Mary Jo

Degree Name

B.S. (Bachelor of Science)

Department

School of Allied Health and Communicative Disorders

Abstract

Wheelchair athletics have become increasingly popular for individuals with spinal cord injuries and disorders (SCI&D). Although popularity has increased, there is limited research in the development of specialized exercise programs for wheelchair athletes with SCI&D. As preliminary research, this study examined two high-school age wheelchair athletes with SCI&Ds. The study consisted of (1) a baseline evaluation ofthe subject's upper extremity strength and flexibility, trunk strength and flexibility, and sitting balance, (2) an observation of a wheelchair basketball practice, and (3) a comparison of performance characteristics to a previous study. Results of this study have helped develop a better understanding of SCI&D and wheelchair athletics, and also may be beneficial in the development of specialized exercise programs for individuals with SCI&D to increase overall health, athleticism, and injury prevention.

Comments

Includes bibliographical references.

Extent

20 pages

Language

eng

Publisher

Northern Illinois University

Rights Statement

In Copyright

Rights Statement 2

NIU theses are protected by copyright. They may be viewed from Huskie Commons for any purpose, but reproduction or distribution in any format is prohibited without the written permission of the authors.

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Text

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