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Yearly Archives: 2016

Kessler Foundation and NJIT Secure $5M Grant to Study Wearable Robots

Published: January 7, 2016

Study Wearable RobotsA joint team from Kessler Foundation and the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) is developing new applications for wearable robotic exoskeleton devices with a $5 million federal grant from the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living and Rehabilitation Research.

Researchers from the two institutions are working together on the next generation of robotic exoskeletons to improve mobility and to enable safer, more independent functioning for people with spinal cord injuries (SCI), Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy and stroke. The team will also evaluate the efficacy of existing robots for restoring and expanding mobility to upper and lower extremities.

Despite paralysis, Trojan Jack Jablonski is making a name in hockey, the sport he...

Published: January 5, 2016 | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

jack-jablonskiInjured as a high school player, the USC communications major is working off the ice with the LA Kings

An on-ice injury during a high school game in 2011 left Jack Jablonski — now a USC communications student — paralyzed from the chest down. But that hasn’t stopped him from pursuing a career in the sport.

Jablonski is interning this season with the Los Angeles Kings as part of the communications department and working in the press box at Staples Center on game nights.

Paralyzed ex-football player celebrates injury’s anniversary: ‘I was reborn on that day’

Published: January 1, 2016 | Spinal Cord Injury:

Kenneth JenningsKenneth Jennings doesn’t see why he shouldn’t celebrate the day he took his final steps and moved his arms for the last time.

He even has a term for it.

“I just celebrated my 27th re-birthday,” Jennings said.

On Oct. 8, 1988, Jennings, then a junior at Simeon High School, suffered a broken neck on the opening kickoff of a game against Corliss. The collision left him a quadriplegic. He faced a future unable to move anything from the neck down. And it wasn’t supposed to be a long future. At the time, doctors gave him only 10 years to live.

Jennings, though, never views that day as the worst in his life. Quite the contrary.

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