Benefits of aerobic exercise for the paraplegic: a brief review

L L Cowell, W G Squires, P B Raven
Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise 1986, 18 (5): 501-8
The importance of exercise for the general population is emphasized widely; therefore, it must be even more important for paralegics who are already threatened with poor health due to the sedentary nature of their lifestyle. The effects of functional degeneration are vast and greatly reduce the overall health of paraplegics, particularly within the musculoskeletal and cardiovascular systems, thereby increasing their risk for cardiovascular disease. Recent investigations suggest that this process may be reversible through exercise training and that paraplegics respond to exercise training in essentially the same manner as the non-handicapped individual. In addition, exercise training has been reported to decrease the resorptive process of the skeleton by decreasing bone and collagen catabolism and possibly aiding in new bone formation. This review attempts to summarize the available literature on the effects of exercise on the paraplegic and will hopefully provide some direction not only for further research but also recommendations for practitioners working in the field.

Full Text Links

Find Full Text Links for this Article


You are not logged in. Sign Up or Log In to join the discussion.

Trending Papers

Remove bar
Read by QxMD icon Read

Save your favorite articles in one place with a free QxMD account.


Search Tips

Use Boolean operators: AND/OR

diabetic AND foot
diabetes OR diabetic

Exclude a word using the 'minus' sign

Virchow -triad

Use Parentheses

water AND (cup OR glass)

Add an asterisk (*) at end of a word to include word stems

Neuro* will search for Neurology, Neuroscientist, Neurological, and so on

Use quotes to search for an exact phrase

"primary prevention of cancer"
(heart or cardiac or cardio*) AND arrest -"American Heart Association"

We want to hear from doctors like you!

Take a second to answer a survey question.