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Wheelchair Rugby Participation as a Path to Independence

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Objective: In this study, we examined whether the number of years post-injury and years of wheelchair rugby participation impact independence in activities of daily living (ADLs) following spinal cord injury (SCI). Methods: A cross-sectional study was conducted with 130 wheelchair rugby athletes. Covariate-adjusted OLS regression models were conducted predicting independence as a factor of years post-injury and years spent participating in wheelchair rugby. Results: Findings indicate that years playing wheelchair rugby is significantly related to independence and years post-injury is not significantly related to independence. Conclusions: Years playing wheelchair rugby is significantly related to independence among athletes regardless of years post-injury. Encouraging individuals with tetraplegia to participate in wheelchair rugby during rehabilitation may assist with regaining independence.
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Keywords: ACTIVITIES OF DAILY LIVING; ADAPTIVE SPORTS; PHYSICAL ACTIVITY; REHABILITATION; SPINAL CORD INJURIES; WHEELCHAIR RUGBY

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 01 March 2019

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