Blaschak, Mary Jo
B.S. (Bachelor of Science)
School of Allied Health and Communicative Disorders
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.
Kosiba, Timothy P., "Performance characteristics of high-school age wheelchair athletes" (2012). Honors Capstones. 878.
Northern Illinois University
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