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Disabilities that stem from spinal cord injuries are tragic and inconvenient, no matter who is going through it. In an article by the Mayo Clinic staff, it says “If you’ve recently experienced a spinal cord injury, it might seem like every aspect of your life has been affected. You might feel the effects of your injury mentally, emotionally and socially”(Mayo Clinic, 2017). This is very real in the world we live in today because the ages that are mostly impacted by this injury range from late teens to around thirty years of age. The Spinal cord is the core connection of what allows us as humans to move and interact with the people and things around us. Without our spinal cord there is no nerve connection let alone life, but when trauma is applied to it connections can be cut off to certain extremities. Your ability to move your arms and legs following a spinal cord injury depend upon the severity of injury and the location of the injury along your spinal cord.

Completeness is the extent of the injury and there are two types. If all sensory and movement control is lost beneath where the spinal cord injury happened, this is considered a complete injury. If partial motor control or feeling is being experienced below the injured area, the injury is now considered incomplete. Every incomplete injury will differ based on extent of damage. Tetraplegia or quadriplegia means everything from the neck down and pelvic organs are all impacted by your spinal cord injury. Paraplegia is paralysis that affects most or some of the trunk, legs and pelvic organs (Mayo Clinic, 2017). After these injuries these people are left to adapt to a new life with new obstacles. But with a little assistance and good rehab these people, who are disabled from a spinal cord injury, are able to live a normal life like the rest of us.


This paper was presented as part of Adapted Kinesiology & Leisure Studies Methods (KIN 3073) taught by Dr. Amber Chelette.



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