Five Key Exercises for Upper Body Strength: A Guide for Persons With Paraplegia

      Regular structured exercise should be part of everyone's daily routine in order to maintain fitness and minimize the risk of long-term health complications. For persons with spinal cord injury (SCI), it is important to maintain sufficient strength of the arm and shoulder muscles in order to safely and effectively perform activities of daily living, maintain bone health, burn calories, and reduce stress on muscles and joints. The exercises shown below are designed to strengthen the upper extremities of persons with SCI who use manual wheelchairs for mobility.
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