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SCI PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS – 2018 Annual Conference


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SCI-ISIG 2018 Poster Awards

The Spinal Cord Injury Interdisciplinary Special Interest Group (SCI-ISIG) presented two awards for outstanding posters, presented during the ACRM 95th Annual Conference earlier this month, in Dallas.

  • SCI-ISIG Best Poster Award: Stephanie Silveira
  • SCI-SIG Early Career Poster Award: Namrata Grampurohit


Sam Schmidt to present ACRM plenary

PLENARY III: Breaking Barriers; Sam Schmidt and the SAM Car Project

Presenter: Sam Schmidt, MBA photo
Hear the inspirational voice of Sam Schmidt, an individual with spinal cord injury (SCI) related paralysis, who used his Indianapolis 500 racecar driving success to “drive” the field of SCI research, technology and participation with the advanced technological SAM car. Participants will learn about the human-machine interface employed by the SAM car and how Arrow Electronics plans to transition SAM car technology to the disability field. Learn More >>

SCI Special Symposium featuring Gerben DeJong

SPECIAL SYMPOSIUM: Health Care Reform and Rehabilitation for People with Spinal Cord Injury

Presenter: Gerben DeJong, PhD, FACRM

The health care system is complex and does not always meet the needs of people with SCI or rehabilitation practitioners. This talk will give historical perspective on how we came to where we are today, highlight examples of innovative policies and service delivery models that may warrant scaling up, and provide suggestions for how to best advocate for change with policy-makers. Learn More >>

SCI Lecture Luncheon featuring Katherine Froehlich-Grobe

SCI-ISIG Lecture Luncheon

Best Practices for Designing and Studying Behavioral Interventions for People with Physical Disabilities

Presenter: Katherine Froehlich-Grobe, PhD

Many desired rehabilitation outcomes require that people with disabilities make behavioral changes. Implementing new patterns of behavior pose challenges for everyone, yet people with SCI also face unique personal and environmental barriers that impact this process. Conducting research that targets behavior change for those with SCI requires researchers to consider how barriers (e.g., transportation, inaccessible environments) may impact their ability to participate in research. In this talk, Dr. Froehlich-Grobe will present lessons learned from her extensive experience developing and testing theory-based interventions to promote physical activity, exercise, and healthy diet and weight in people with SCI and other disabilities. Learn More >>

IC35: The Adaptive Sport Symposium: Promoting Health and Wellness through Adaptive Sports

IC35: The Adaptive Sport Symposium: Promoting Health and Wellness through Adaptive Sports


  • Lindsay Ramey, MD
  • Jason Smith, PhD, ABPP
  • Robert Rinaldi, MD, FAAPMR
  • Darlene Hunter, PhD
  • Jason Petrasic, MD

The adaptive sports symposium is a special feature of ACRM. It includes an overview of the benefits and barriers to adaptive sports participation, practical examples of how to improve awareness and access in your local community and demonstrations of more than 10 different adaptive sports. It will feature healthcare specialists and Paralympic athletes. ACRM members are also eligible to attend the UT Southwestern Adaptive Sports EXPO for free on Saturday, April 29th at the University of Texas Arlington, Maverick Activities Center. This event features interactive demonstrations of more than 20 different sports—free shuttle service from the hotel will be provided. Learn More >>


IC30: Stimulation Paradigms and Parameters After Spinal Cord Injury

IC30: Stimulation Paradigms and Parameters After Spinal Cord Injury


  • Ashraf Gorgey, MPT, PhD, FACSM
  • T. Ann McElroy, PTA, AS

This symposium will provide hands-on training on a few of the commercially available stimulators to enable clinicians, researchers and consumers to safely handle electrical stimulation units to maximize muscle health after SCI. This workshop will serve as the basis for many disciplines who are willing to start an effective rehabilitation program using the technology of electrical stimulation, including physical therapists, occupational therapists, physicians, and exercise physiologists. The target audience will also include researchers and consumers who are likely to expand and benefit from applications of electrical stimulation. Learn More >>