Tag: Kathleen Martin Ginis
UBC research shows personal input and collaboration provide positive results
New co-created research at UBC’s Okanagan campus has resulted in ground-breaking increases in physical activity and fitness for those living with spinal cord injury (SCI).
For decades, the main message to keep the general population healthy was for everyone to get active.
In fact, the World Health Organization laid out specific guidelines (150 minutes of cardiovascular exercise each week) on how much physical activity was required for people to maintain a healthy lifestyle.
However, UBC Okanagan researcher Kathleen Martin Ginis says while the recommendations were well-meaning, a particular group of people was excluded.
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.