Improving the quality of life with educational and recreational opportunities for individuals with spinal cord injuries.

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The Model System Knowledge and Translation Center (MSKTC) is a national center that helps facilitate the knowledge translation process to make research meaningful to those with Spinal Cord Injury, Traumatic Brain Injury, and Burn Injury.  Some people with SCI may experience problems moving waste through their colon, passing a stool when they do not want...
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With the talk of recreational opportunities may come the thought of the pain and fatigue afterward.  In our past newsletters, we have outlined some nutritional tips to fight depression and maintaining respiratory health.  In this article, I will share with you some tips to optimize your energy level so you can maximize your ability to...
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On August 4, 2022, the MetroHealth System, home to the Northeast Ohio Regional Spinal Cord Injury System (NORSCIS), recognized physicians and research scientists for outstanding achievement in clinical care, excellence in teaching, and exemplary skills in leadership and/or advocacy. From a faculty of over 750 individuals, the following four contributors to spinal cord injury care...
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Written by: Kim Anderson, PhD Everyone with a spinal cord injury (SCI) will experience some sort of problem with their bowels – their ability to go pooh. It has been known for many years that people living with SCI consider bowel control as one of the most difficult issues to manage and one of the...
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Welcome to our new Roundtable Discussion Column. In this column, we interview people living with spinal cord injuries and ask about their tips, tricks, and learning experiences. We want to elevate the conversation around spinal cord injury from being resilient to being relevant. We have asked Don Johnston, Dr. Kim Anderson, Blake Perkins, and Mark...
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Written by: Megan Hammond, President USANEO Chapter Lots of updates with our local Chapter!! The United Spinal Association Northeast Ohio Chapter has been hard at work restarting its Community Event Ticket Program and bringing in-person social events for the first time since 2020. We continue to hold virtual monthly meetings on the 3rd Monday of...
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Outdoor recreation is one way to stay active, social, and connected with your community.  Adaptive sports have been around for some time, but knowing about it and how to get involved is a different story. Evidence shows that getting outside and being in nature supports a healthy lifestyle and boosts our mood.  Who wouldn’t want...
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By Kim Anderson, PhD Living with a spinal cord injury (SCI) is a challenge, no doubt about it.  Just taking care of your daily needs can consume a lot of energy, much less thinking about adding on any other activities.  But it is important to engage in physical activity for your health.   Why by active? ...
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USANEO Member Don Johnston and President, Megan Hammond had the privilege of attending a conference, dedicated to the data collectors working hard on the SCI Model Systems Grant. The Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) Model Systems Grant is a federally funded grant awarded to only 14 sites around the United States.  MetroHealth is one of these...
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The Northeast Ohio Regional Spinal Cord Injury System (NORSCIS) provides a comprehensive, multidisciplinary approach to the care of individuals with spinal cord injury (SCI). NORSCIS is funded by the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR) and was recently refunded for another 5 years as 1 of only 14 federally-funded centers. NORSCIS is...
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