FITNESS AND WELLNESS TASK FORCE
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.
Nick Evans, MHS, ACSM-CES, ACSM-HFS
1. CREATE 3 COMPLEMENTARY INFORMATION/EDUCATION PAGES FOR APM&R AND ACRM WEBSITE ON THE FOLLOWING TOPICS:
Primary Objectives: To develop information/education pages for APM&R to be used by clinicians, patients, caregivers, and/or exercise professionals working with people with SCI. Topics will include the following:
1. Overcoming Barriers to Physical Activity and Exercise Following SCI
2. Exercise Programming and Program Resource Guide for People with SCI
3. Consensus Statement on Exercise Prescription and Training Guidelines for People with SCI
Current Status: Task force members have been organized into three groups and are currently working on one of each of the three topics described above.
End Product: Information/Education page created for APM&R and ACRM website.
Estimated Date of Completion: 2014
Member Participation and Time Commitment: Interested professionals with knowledge of exercise-related programming and/or research in SCI who can review research articles, and write and edit manuscripts may join this project. A time commitment of approximately 2 – 3 hours per month is requested for reviewing and writing plus monthly conference calls. Task force members will meet monthly via teleconference and in-person at the ACRM Mid-Year Meeting and the ACRM Annual Conference.
Conference Call Schedule: Monthly
2. DEVELOP JOINT POSITION STATEMENT ON EXERCISE PRESCRIPTION AND TRAINING GUIDELINES FOR PEOPLE WITH SCI
Primary Objectives: Complete a comprehensive review of current exercise prescription guidelines; resolve disparities between existing exercise prescriptions; identify exercise prescription variations across different SCI parameters (motor-complete vs. motor-incomplete, tetraplegia vs. paraplegia, subacute vs. chronic, etc.).
Current Status: New Project
End Product: Create a singular, comprehensive exercise guideline for adults with SCI and for health care professionals who work with those with SCI.
Estimated Date of Completion: To Be Determined
Member Participation and Time Commitment: Interested professionals with knowledge of exercise prescription, exercise testing, and/or exercise-related research in SCI who can review research articles, and write and edit manuscripts may join this project. A time commitment of approximately 2 – 3 hours per month is requested for reviewing and writing plus monthly conference calls and in-person meetings at the ACRM Mid-Year Meeting and ACRM Annual Conference.
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