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Why are adaptive sports so helpful after a spinal cord injury?

Why are adaptive sports so helpful after a spinal cord injury?

Kristine Cichowski, MS

Founding Director, Life Center, Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago

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Well first of all, you can get your aggressions out, God knows you're frustrated, everybody has it, right? And sports just does that for you, whether or not you have a disability. But I also think that the sports aspect, adaptive sports, really a... Show More

Well first of all, you can get your aggressions out, God knows you're frustrated, everybody has it, right? And sports just does that for you, whether or not you have a disability. But I also think that the sports aspect, adaptive sports, really allows you to push your body to a limit that you've never thought of. Particularly if you were athletic before, or even if you weren't, here you are in a new state of mind and body, and thinking, "how am I going to be fit and be active?" And the athletes that I know have gone beyond that, it's broadened their social skills, brought them into areas where they've gained self confidence. I think, and that's what sports does.

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Why are adaptive sports so helpful after a spinal cord injury?

Kristine Cichowski, MS

Founding Director, Life Center, Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago

More Videos by Kristine Cichowski
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Well first of all, you can get your aggressions out, God knows you're frustrated, everybody has it, right? And sports just does that for you, whether or not you have a disability. But I also think that the sports aspect, adaptive sports, really allows you to push your body to a limit that you've never thought of. Particularly if you were athletic before, or even if you weren't, here you are in a new state of mind and body, and thinking, "how am I going to be fit and be active?" And the athletes that I know have gone beyond that, it's broadened their social skills, brought them into areas where they've gained self confidence. I think, and that's what sports does.

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