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Project

Adaptive Climbing Clinics

Funder: Craig H Neilsen Foundation

Funding period
USD 33 K
Funding amount
Abstract
1) Adaptive Climbing Clinics

2) Paradox Sports aims to facilitate 18 comprehensive adaptive climbing clinics to over 300 participants, an estimated 30% with spinal cord injuries and paralysis-causing conditions throughout 2019-2020. Funds will help subsidize clinic facilitation, participant fees, adaptive climbing equipment, instructor costs, and event marketing costs. In addition to climbing skills, these clinics offer participants the opportunity to improve self-confidence and provide empowerment both in and out of the climbing gym. Through adaptive climbing, individuals with spinal cord injuries will have the opportunity to engage in activities that may otherwise be inaccessible to them. Each clinic provides the local community with the resources it needs to maintain their own adaptive climbing program and as a result, will help foster a community that supports and encourages individuals with SCIs to lead lives with greater emotional and physical well-being using adventure and physical challenge.

3) The numerically measurable outcomes Paradox Sports expects are: 18 Adaptive Climbing Clinics will be hosted around the United States throughout 2019-2020, 300 participants will be served, and specifically, 90 participants with SCIs will be served. Another expected outcome is the emergence of adaptive climbing communities where we hold our clinics.

Less measurable in the conventional sense, but feedback we routinely get at Paradox is in addition to climbing skills, these clinics offer participants the opportunity to improve self-confidence and provide empowerment both in and out of the climbing gym. Through adaptive climbing, individuals with spinal cord injuries will have the opportunity further problem-solve in the social, cognitive, and spiritual realms, thus increasing independence. We also see many climbers who become determined to be better climbers and begin a fitness plan, improving overall wellness. The mechanical advantage systems we use are also complex to understand, build, and use, possibly increasing dexterity, neuroplasticity, and independence for the climber at home. (CHN: COandI chn:wdg)
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Categories
  • FOR (ANZSRC)

    1701 Psychology

  • RCDC

    Injury (total) Accidents/Adverse Effects