Helping Patients With Spinal Cord Injuries Become Independent

Persons who have spinal cord injury experience a number of functional limitations. Our goal is for you to achieve the highest level of function by creating a personalized rehabilitation plan. The rehab plan will help the patient and their family, set and reach physical, mental and emotional goals to enable the patient to return to the community.

TRAILS—Therapeutic Recreation & Independent Lifestyles

A key component of this is our TRAILS program (Therapeutic Recreation and Independent Lifestyles). A spinal cord injury outreach program based at University of Utah Health's Rehabilitation Center, TRAILS is designed to prepare individuals with spinal cord injury to engage in active living through sports and exercise programs, recreational experiences, and education. Providing year-round programming, TRAILS offers excellent opportunities for individuals to develop an active lifestyle.

Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) Forum

The SCI forum is a series of educational sessions with lectures and informal hands-on activities presented by experts in the field of spinal cord injury. Topics include the following:

  • SCI basics
  • Current research
  • Secondary health conditions
  • Wellness
  • Sexuality
  • Psychological issues and support
  • Community resources


TRAIL Talk is a monthly spinal cord injury focused learning and social opportunity. TRAIL Talk covers peer chosen, SCI related topics and social activities.

Sports & Recreation

TRAILS offers the following sports and recreation programs: cross country skiing, downhill skiing, handcycling, kayaking, swimming, and wheelchair tennis. Our programs provide adaptive equipment and assistance with all sports.

Wellness Program

The Wellness Program is a comprehensive program designed specifically for the individual with a spinal cord injury to maintain lifelong physical and mental health. Available at three Salt Lake locations, SCI Wellness offers low cost accessibility to state-of-the-art exercise equipment five days a week.