Spinal Cord Injury
PHOTO COURTESY: Spinal Cord Injury Lab, ACRM Institutional Member, Shepherd Center
At the ACRM Annual Conference in October 2009, the eight-year-old Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) Networking Group was recognized by the ACRM Board of Governors as the SCI Interdisciplinary Special Interest Group (SCI-ISIG). Started by Sue Ann Sisto in 2001, the group is now comprised of interdisciplinary professionals who desire to improve the educational and networking opportunities for ACRM membership in SCI medicine, rehabilitation and research, and to advance clinical practice to improve the lives of people with SCI.
The mission of the SCI-ISIG is to advance the field of SCI rehabilitation and research by providing opportunities for professional development, advocating for standards of practice and research, and supporting a forum for interdisciplinary and international exchange.
NEWS & UPDATES
Special SCI Presentation by Dr. Kevin McCully
Please join us at the ACRM Mid-Year Meeting in Atlanta on Friday 28 April, from 2:00 – 3:00 PM, for a special presentation by Kevin McCully, PhD, FACSM, NAK. The SCI-ISIG business meeting will follow the presentation from 3:00 – 4:00 PM.
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Rehabilitation of Muscle Function After SCI
Previous studies have large declines in muscle strength and endurance after SCI, which can be partially corrected with electrical stimulation training. This presentation will review changes in muscle strength, endurance and injury susceptibility after SCI. Methods of improving function with electrical stimulation will be reviewed, followed by a discussion of the technical aspects of assessing strength, endurance, and injury susceptibility. The goal of the presentation is a better understanding of the changes that occur in skeletal muscle after SCI and how we can monitor and improve these changes.
About Dr. Kevin McCully
Dr. McCully received a BS in Biology (WMU), a PhD in Physiology (UMich), and a Postdoc in Biochemistry and Biophysics (UPenn). He is currently a professor in the Kinesiology Department at the University of Georgia. His research focus includes enhancing skeletal muscle and vascular function in people with chronic injuries and illnesses. Dr. McCully developed noninvasive methods of studying muscle injury, muscle metabolism, muscle blood flow, and muscle fatigue that are appropriate for clinical populations. He teaches Exercise Physiology and an Introduction to Wellness for People with Disabilities. Dr. McCully is a founding board member of Athens Inclusive Recreation and Sports, Past President of SEACSM (2014-2016) and President of Infrared Rx, Inc.
ACRM 2017 Call for Proposals
The Program Committee invites proposals focused on research evidence and its translation into clinical practice for presentation at the ACRM 2017 Annual Conference in Atlanta.
Seeking Members for Media & Marketing Committee
The SCI-ISIG is now seeking members for the newly formed Media and Marketing Committee. The purpose of this committee is to help identify and contribute SCI content to ACRM publications, website, and social media. If you want to make a difference for the SCI-ISIG and work with great ACRM colleagues, please volunteer!
Submit questions and nominations to Dr. Sue Ann Sisto, SCI-ISIG Communications Officer. We are looking forward to working with you and are available for any questions you may have about involvement with the SCI-ISIG.
Updates to the SCI-ISIG Rules of Governance
The SCI-ISIG has revised its bylaws to clarify existing procedures, make changes to reflect our current needs, and ensure compliance with ACRM policies. The full Rules of Governance for the SCI-ISIG are published in the ACRM Policies and Procedures Manual. To access the manual, log into the Member Portal and select "ACRM Policy and Procedures Manual (ACRM Members Only)."
These updates have been approved by the ACRM Board of Governors. Substantive changes include:
- Describing two poster awards that will be given annually at the annual conference of ACRM:
- The SCI-ISIG Early Career Best Poster Award (awarded to the best SCI poster authored by someone within the first 5 years of his or her post-graduate training)
- SCI-ISIG Best Poster Award (awarded to the best poster on any SCI topic)
- Clarifying the terms of SCI-ISIG Only membership to match changes made by ACRM
- Specifying that elections shall be held by ballot regardless of the number of candidates running for office
- Adding two positions to the SCI-ISIG Executive Board: Early Career Officer and Communications Officer (see key responsibilities above)
- Adding two committees:
- Membership Committee (chaired by the Treasurer): Assists the Treasurer in all duties related to membership, such as ensuring an SCI-ISIG membership of 30 or more persons is maintained by the ACRM National Office and that an ongoing campaign is maintained to promote SCI-ISIG membership in order to enhance its ability to fulfill its stated objectives.
- Media and Marketing Committee (chaired by the Communications Officer): Creates content for SCI-ISIG-specific and ACRM-wide publications, assists in website updates and social media postings, helps with responses to requests for information on SCI-ISIG activities
Questions and comments regarding these changes are welcome, and may be directed to Jeanne Zanca.
CHAIR: Yuying Chen, MD, PhD
Associate Professor & Director
University of Alabama at Birmingham
CHAIR-ELECT: Jeanne M. Zanca, PhD, MPT
Senior Research Scientist
- Continuing education opportunities
- Opportunity to plan educational courses for the ACRM Annual Conference
- Task Force participation
- Collaborative research opportunities
HOW TO JOIN THE SCI-ISIG
One of the most valuable benefits of ACRM membership is the opportunity to participate in the many interdisciplinary special interest groups (ISIG) and networking groups. Not sure ACRM membership is right for you? Consider an ISIG Only membership.
Work of the SCI-ISIG is carried out by its various task forces, which promote cutting-edge research, establish standards of care in SCI rehabilitation, and offer an interdisciplinary forum for development of state-of-the-art SCI rehabilitation practice.
Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES) Task Force
Mission: Promote high quality FES research and evidence-based clinical applications of FES for people with SCI to a target audience of health professionals and consumers.
Associate Professor of Physical Therapy
Thomas Jefferson University
Secondary Complications & Aging Task Force
Mission: To promote healthy aging among people with SCI and assist the prevention and management of secondary complications of SCI through education, research, and policy.
CHAIR: Jeanne Zanca, PhD, MPT
Senior Research Scientist
Fitness & Wellness Task Force
Mission: To enhance the health and wellness of people with spinal cord injury through the development and implementation of evidence-based physical fitness and health initiatives created by an interdisciplinary team of clinicians and researchers in the field of spinal cord injury rehabilitation.
Clinical Exercise Physiologist
Women’s Health Task Force
Mission: The mission of the Women's Health Task Force (WHTF) is to raise awareness, facilitate collaborative research, apply knowledge, and improve women's health and quality of life following SCI.
CHAIR: Heather Taylor, PhD
Director for Spinal Cord Injury Research
TIRR Memorial Hermann
Dual Diagnosis: TBI in SCI Task Force
Mission: To generate knowledge and disseminate information on the impact of traumatic brain injury in persons with spinal cord injury to a wide-ranging audience from scientists, clinicians, impacted persons, caregivers and society.
CHAIR: Linda Isaac, PhD
Director, Rehabilitation Research Center at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center
Clinical Assistant Professor at Stanford University, School of Medicine
Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
HOW TO PARTICIPATE
- Advance SCI research and promote research collaboration
- Establish an interdisciplinary research agenda
- Promote translation of evidence to enhance clinical expertise and practice
- Conduct state-of-the-art reviews of practice in spinal cord care
- Enhance competencies of an interdisciplinary team member in SCI rehabilitation
- Participate in continuing education offerings specific to the interests of SCI researchers and clinicians
- Plan an educational course for the ACRM annual meeting, Progress in Rehabilitation Research
- Develop and receive informational and instructional media
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