SCI Factsheets and Resources

Please note that the following resources are not official University of Michigan factsheets. We have collaborated on some, but they are officially published by the Spinal Cord Injury Model Systems Knowledge Translation Center (MSKTC)Please speak to your doctor if you have any concerns.

MSKTC Hot Topics Modules

MSKTC SCI hot topic modules consist of a suite of resources such as videos, factsheets, slideshows, and quick reviews to support people with spinal cord injury. Topics include Exercise & Fitness, Managing Pain, and Managing Bowel Function.

MSKTC Slideshows

The Model Systems Knowledge Translation Center (MSKTC) developed a new narrated slideshow entitled, “Adaptive Sports and Recreation.” Based on the Adaptive Sports and Recreation factsheet, this resource summarizes the important role that adaptive sports and recreation can play after SCI. This presentation shares the importance of adaptive sports and recreation, provides steps for getting involved in these activities, and helps people living with SCI prevent injuries while participating in sports activities. The slideshow may be reproduced and distributed freely with appropriate attribution. You can view the slideshow here.

The Model Systems Knowledge Translation Center (MSKTC) developed a new narrated slideshow entitled, “Exercise After Spinal Cord Injury.” Based on the Exercise After Spinal Cord Injury factsheet, this presentation summarizes the importance of exercise after SCI. This resource can help people with SCI understand the importance of regular physical activity, overcome barriers to getting involved, and identify potential health problem as they plan exercise activities. The slideshow may be reproduced and distributed freely with appropriate attribution. You can view the Exercise after SCI slideshow here.

MSKTC Factsheets

People with spinal cord injury and disorders often have skin problems such as pressure injuries that won’t heal and require surgical interventions. The Spinal Cord Injury Model Systems have developed a pressure injuries fact sheet on this issue. The factsheet defines pressure injuries and describes what and where surgical and reconstructive treatments may be applied. The factsheet also discusses the risks of these treatments, along with what a person with pressure injuries can do to assist in their own healing. To read the pressure injuries MSKTC fact sheet click here.

Summary

Originally posted on https://msktc.org/sci/factsheets/exercise)

  • If you have a spinal cord injury (SCI), you can and should be physically active.
  • Your health will benefit from regular exercise after SCI.
  • Your exercise program should include three parts: stretching, aerobic exercise, and strength training.
  • Setting goals, recognizing potential barriers, being prepared, and learning about resources can help you have a successful exercise program.
  • With so many options, you can find an exercise program that is right for you.