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Tag: Jake Lawless

Guide helps people with spinal injuries get fit

Published: November 12, 2011

As a younger man, Jake Lawless would tell friends that if they had a car accident with him as a passenger, they had better kill him because he couldn’t bear to live his life in a wheelchair.

Then at 24, he fell off a roof and landed on his head. The injury left him a high functioning quadriplegic.

“My injury was my worst nightmare come true,” says Lawless, 38.

Lawless knew physical activity was the key to his recovery. He credits an intensive rehabilitation routine with helping him deal with his disability and learn to walk again, a skill he lost again after another accident destroyed his knee.