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How wheelchair rugby ‘changed everything’ for one athlete

Published: November 5, 2019

Carl Williams maneuvers across the court with the practiced precision of an athlete. He simultaneously searches the crowd, calculating which team member can catch an inbound throw without being intercepted.

This might seem a tough task for Williams, a double amputee aboard a wheelchair. But Williams, 38, has become a master of wheelchair rugby, a full-contact sport with a mix of rules from football and soccer. He takes aim the moment he spots Timothy Jones, the other top scorer for a team called the TIRR Texans, which was started in 1997.

UofL faculty develop and license specialized treadmill for children with spinal cord injuries

Published: October 28, 2019

Medicine, engineering work together to build custom tool for successful therapy

Children with spinal cord injuries have experienced remarkable results in recovery at the University of Louisville and Frazier Rehab Institute through locomotor training, a therapy designed to help them recover the ability to sit, stand and even walk. In locomotor training, the child is suspended over a treadmill and his or her feet are moved by trainers in a stepping motion. This taps into capability of the spinal cord to help the child regain movement and trunk control.

Repairing a highway: how can we fix spinal cord injury?

Published: October 25, 2019

The functional sophistication of the spinal cord can have devastating consequences. Will modern scientific developments replicate its functions?

The “central nervous system” delicately orchestrates the complex concerto of our mental and physical faculties, from perception through to action and all the intermediary processes in-between. Such functional sophistication is disturbed in spinal cord injury, which can have devastating short-term and long-term consequences, determined by the level and severity of the injury.

New Biomaterial Developed That Could Be a Treatment for Spinal Cord Injuries

Published: October 23, 2019

Polymerized estrogen shown to protect nervous system cells. Research could enable improved treatment of spinal cord injuries.

Spinal cord damage that causes paralysis and reduced mobility doesn’t always stop with the initial trauma, but there are few treatment options to halt increased deterioration — and there is no cure. Researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute have developed a promising new biomaterial that could offer targeted treatment to the damaged spinal cord and tissue, preventing further damage.

The long road of recovery after spinal cord damage

Published: October 16, 2019

U.S. Department of Defense awards $800,000 to Case Western Reserve for spinal cord injury research

People who live with spinal injuries often say that the first year of recovery is the toughest—not only for them, but their caregivers as well.

Drone gives paralysed former surfer a new perspective on life

Published: October 16, 2019 | Spinal Cord Injury:

“It is the little things – the sound of the lapping of water against the bottom of his board and seeing the beach from a different point of view – that Islander James Bedding misses the most about surfing.”

Since a freak accident 22 years ago, when 15-year-old James fell from a sea wall at the Harbour and suffered a serious spinal injury which left him quadriplegic, he has been confined to a wheelchair.

Neuroprosthetic Enables Tetraplegic Patient to Walk

Published: October 16, 2019 | Spinal Cord Injury:

A tetraplegic is one who has suffered partial or total loss of use of all four limbs and torso.

Each year, it is estimated that 250,000 to 500,000 people worldwide suffer a spinal cord injury, and that 59 percent of those living with the injury are tetraplegic—experiencing the total loss of use of all four limbs and torso. Innovative research from Clinatec and the Université Grenoble Alpes (UGA) has resulted in a first for a tetraplegic patient. Using a four-limb exoskeleton controlled by a neuroprosthetic, he was able to walk and use his arms.

The new Gods of esports are paralyzed from the neck down

Published: October 14, 2019 | Spinal Cord Injury:

Players with quadriplegia are using neuroscience and video games to take on the world.

On a mostly sunny July afternoon in 2014, Chris Scott jumped out of a plane. For Scott, a thrill-seeking instructor at Skydive Long Island in New York, this wasn’t unusual. It wasn’t out of the norm for jumping partner Gary Messina, either. Known to friends as “Gary Go Hard,” the New York City corrections officer had been dropping out of planes since his teens.

Accessible Hunter creator inspires others to get back into the woods

Published: October 12, 2019 | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

It was, for Greg Traynor, a moment of revelation.

It was autumn, his favorite time of year. And he was in the woods, archery hunting, his most cherished outdoor activity among many.

The sun was shining on his face, the leaves were a fiery mix of reds and golds and oranges, turkeys and squirrels and birds bustled about. In a few moments, a white-tailed doe would appear, and he’d take it with one clean, perfectly-placed shot from his crossbow.

Kansas man creating custom Halloween costumes for kids in wheelchairs

Published: October 11, 2019

OLATHE, Kan. (KAKE) -A Kansas nonprofit is again going above and beyond for kids in wheelchairs this Halloween by creating custom costumes.WDAF reports Walkin’ and Rollin’s over-the-top designs stop people in their tracks. One of their latest was for an 11-year-old Kansas City Chiefs fan from Eudora.

John Pittman now gets to cheer on his favorite team in his Arrowhead Stadium Halloween costume.

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