TRAILS is a comprehensive outreach program of the Rehabilitation Center at University of Utah Health Care for individuals with spinal cord injury or disease. The program includes the following components.


Participants can stay active through indoor spinning, hand cycling, kayaking, sailing, target shooting, downhill skiing, cross-country skiing, swimming, and wheelchair tennis. TRAILS is designed to prepare individuals of all ability levels to engage in active living through recreational experiences. These opportunities and resources will help bridge the gap between rehabilitation and returning to the community.

Spinal Cord Injury Forum

The Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) Forum is an six-week educational program for individuals with spinal cord injury, personal care providers, family, and health care professionals. The focus is on physical, emotional, intellectual, social, and spiritual wellness. Topics include: advocacy, health promotion, nutrition, psychosocial issues, sexuality, assistive technology, transportation, recreation, women's wellness, aging, and disability.

Spinal Cord Injury Wellness

Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) Wellness is an innovative component that provides individuals with spinal cord injury an opportunity to participate in a comprehensive wellness program that includes exercise/conditioning, weight management, nutritional consultation, massage, upper extremity preservation, health risk management, yoga, circuit resistance training, driving simulation, and brain gym.

This unique opportunity eliminates barriers for participation, provides access to fully accessible equipment, knowledgeable and experienced supervision, financial accessibility, and socialization.

TRAIL Talk is a monthly continuation of the SCI Forum and meets monthly to discuss a variety of topics.

Virtual Outreach

One of the greatest challenges for spinal cord injury care is the barrier of distance between rural areas and the hospital. Virtual outreach consists of web based and telemedicine/telehealth links that enable expanded medical and outreach consultation and education services to all parts of the region.

Volunteer Support

In collaboration with University of Utah Health Care Volunteer Services, TRAILS recruits volunteers who are interested in working with this specific population. Individuals have an opportunity to become a spinal cord injury (SCI) volunteer specialist through extended training.


TRAILS, in collaboration with the College of Health Sciences and the College of Health, will provide opportunities to advance excellence in recreation focused research. Current research is focused on increasing active lifestyles and decreasing secondary health conditions.