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Project

Therapeutic Aquatic Exercise for People with Spinal Cord Injury

Funder: Craig H Neilsen Foundation

Funding period
USD 49 K
Funding amount
Abstract
1) Therapeutic Aquatic Exercise for People with Spinal Cord Injury
2) The Josephine Kernes Pool provides opportunities and means for low-income individuals affected by spinal cord injury to maximize physical fitness and emotional well-being through regular warm water exercise. Physicians from Natividad Medical Center Level II Trauma Center refer their patients to Kernes Pool, where each person attends 1 - 3 personalized, full-assistance sessions per week based on his or her individual needs and goals. Individual instruction, a specially designed facility, 92 degree water, and a welcoming atmosphere make Kernes Pool and its programs uniquely able to assist people affected by spinal cord injury to achieve health and vitality.
3) Through this grant, fifteen people affected by spinal cord injuries will gain better health and a higher quality of life through approximately 700 adaptive aquatic sessions. Individual achievements will include improvements in: fitness (overall health, strength, cardio); function (mobility, balance, motor control, coordination); skills (water safety, ability to focus, increased confidence); and sense of well-being and quality of life (feeling relaxed, happy, comfortable, improved appetite, better sleep, reduced pain). The program will enhance the delivery of therapeutic services to people in the community affected by spinal cord injury who have financial or physical barriers that prevent participation in insurance-based or typical exercise programs. For 45 years, Kernes Pool has provided adaptive aquatic programs for people regardless of income, level of service required, or duration of need.
4) The category of this project is Sports/Recreation. Regular warm water exercise provides many benefits for people with spinal cord injuries that can enhance independent living and quality of life. Aquatic therapy has been shown to build overall health and strength, improve mobility, lessen spasticity and pain, aid in the attainment of functional goals, and reduce the incidence of secondary conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, and obesity. Participation at the Josephine Kernes Pool can also provide positive social interaction, and improve confidence through personal achievements that contribute to mental and emotional well-being. These gains translate into functional improvements in activities of daily living that can empower individuals living with spinal cord injury in every aspect of their lives. Most importantly, Kernes Pool is a place where people of all ages and abilities feel accepted, welcomed and encouraged. (CHN: COandI chn:wdg)
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System

Categories
  • FOR (ANZSRC)

    1109 Neurosciences

  • FOR (ANZSRC)

    1117 Public Health and Health Services

  • RCDC

    Injury (total) Accidents/Adverse Effects

  • RCDC

    Injury - Trauma - (Head and Spine)

  • RCDC

    Pain Research

  • RCDC

    Rehabilitation

  • RCDC

    Spinal Cord Injury

  • RCDC

    Behavioral and Social Science

  • RCDC

    Clinical Research

  • RCDC

    Clinical Trials and Supportive Activities

  • RCDC

    Neurodegenerative

  • RCDC

    Physical Rehabilitation

  • RCDC

    Prevention

  • HRCS HC

    Neurological

  • HRCS HC

    Injuries and Accidents

  • HRCS RAC

    7.1 Individual care needs

  • Health Research Areas

    Clinical

  • Broad Research Areas

    Health Services Research