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A spinal cord injury (SCI) has a serious impact on an individual’s participation in everyday life activities, leading to a high risk of a sedentary life-style. There is a paucity of research pertaining to adaptive sport participation post-injury and the role of occupational therapy (OT). Additionally, there are limited resources available that inform people with SCI on the benefits of adapted sports or where to go to engage in them. As such, this paper describes the development of a doctoral capstone project to address this need. The purpose of this capstone project was to create an educational web page that will overcome the barriers to sport participation for people in wheelchairs, by providing benefits and links to sport organizations to promote participation.The methods that were used to conduct this capstone project were survey’s, checklists, interviews, observation and a literature review to create an online educational resource. Over a 16-week capstone experience, a 10-section website was developed informed by the literature and input from key stakeholders. OT practitioners and the SCI population will benefit from the results of this capstone project.The availability of the created online resources will serve as a resource to clinicians to promote engagement in adaptive sports among their clients with SCIs. Additionally, the website will inform people with SCIs of the availability of adaptive sports for people with SCIs.
University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences
Adaptive sports, spinal cord injury, capstone project, experience, methods, results
Medical Subject Headings
Spinal Cord Injuries, Athletes, Sports for Persons with Disabilities, Occupational Therapy, Teaching Materials, Programmed Instruction
Occupational Therapy | Sports Medicine | Sports Sciences
Morgan, R., & Gerardi, S. M. (2021, December 9). An Online Educational Resource on Adaptive Sports for People with Spinal Cord Injuries. Poster presented at the Virtual OTD Capstone Symposium, University of St Augustine for Health Sciences. Retrieved from https://soar.usa.edu/otdcapstonesfall2021/24