Spinal Cord Injury Patients Get a Taste of the Great Outdoors
By: University of Utah Health Science Public Affairs Office | Aug 5, 2013 8:00 AM
Spinal cord injury patients explored the great outdoors for a weekend in late July with the help of innovative sporting equipment as part of the University of Utah’s Therapeutic Recreation and Independent Lifestyles (TRAILS) program.
The annual retreat is designed to provide valuable experiences for patients who otherwise might consider such activities impossible following a spinal cord injury. Director of the university’s spinal cord injury program, Dr. Jeffrey Rosenbluth – plus others from rehab and the U’s mechanical engineering department – took part with in activities like kayaking and sailing.
TRAILS is a comprehensive recreation, education, and social outreach program for individuals with spinal cord injury. The program is an integral part of the University of Utah Health Care Rehabilitation Center, and the only accredited, comprehensive spinal cord injury rehabilitation program in the Intermountain West. Its mission is to promote healthy and active lifestyles for those with spinal cord injury or disease and is designed to prepare individuals of all ability levels to engage in active living through recreational experiences
Utah’s Fox 13 and the Salt Lake Tribune were on hand to cover the event. See their stories below:
Fox 13 - http://goo.gl/rewavG
Salt Lake Tribune - http://goo.gl/YDphMO