SCIPA Program

Spinal Cord Injury and Physical Activity: Intensive Exercise from Acute Care to the Community

This program of research is concerned with understanding the effects of exercise on recovery, health and well-being after spinal cord injury. Multi-centre randomised controlled clinical trials will examine the effectiveness of very early intervention for the lower limbs, task-specific training for the arm and hand, and an intensive activity-based therapy program for the whole body including the paralysed limbs. A Certificate Training Program to improve the knowledge and confidence of fitness instructors in the community regarding exercise for people with spinal cord injury will also be designed and evaluated.

The program will be evaluated using a comprehensive suite of outcome measures, including neurophysiological and functional assessments to examine the effects on multiple systems (neurological, musculoskeletal, cardiovascular), as well as quality of life, and measures of community participation. Economic analyses will be conducted to evaluate cost-effectiveness.


Project data is currently getting analyzed for publication.

Our Mission

Spinal Research Institute (SRI) is a not-for-profit spinal cord research charity. Our mission is to support world class clinical research and clinical trials. We provide means for Australian and international spinal cord injury (SCI) researchers to build much needed collaboration and to translate research outcomes into life changing health solutions for people living with SCI.

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