ACRM Spinal Cord Injury ISIG Fitness and Wellness Task Force

FITNESS AND 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.

 

CO-CHAIRS

Nick EvansNick Evans, MHS, ACSM-CEP

Clinical Exercise Physiologist
Shepherd Center
Phone:  +1.404.590.9565

Hanna MercierHannah Mercier, PhD, OTR/L

Clinical Specialist, Post-Doctoral Research Fellow
Harvard Medical School Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation


GOALS

  • Develop ACRM SCI-ISIG fitness and wellness products based on the most current evidence-based exercise and physical fitness guidelines and recommendations;
  • Produce ACRM SCI-ISIG social media, web content, and conference programming on topics related to fitness and wellness in SCI;
  • Increase awareness and involvement of exercise science, sports medicine and strength and conditioning disciplines in the ACRM SCI-ISIG by promoting the organization at regional and national conferences and within designated national organizations.

Ongoing Projects:

  • Archives Supplement – Organizing and publishing a special issue supplement for the Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation on the topic of wearable robotic exoskeletons. Submission date: September 2017
  • Conference Symposium – Presentation and panel discussion for the ACRM 2018 Annual Conference and development of resources focusing on activity-based programs:
    • What role do non-traditional, activity-based programs have in promoting long-term neurological recovery, health, fitness, and wellness?
    • How should the clinician advise and guide patients to pursue post-discharge rehabilitation services?