Exercise and sport for persons with spinal cord injury

PM R. 2012 Nov;4(11):894-900. doi: 10.1016/j.pmrj.2012.08.006.


This review article provides an overview of the evidence that links exercise and sports participation to physical and psychological well-being among people with spinal cord injury. Two aspects of physical well-being are examined, including the prevention of chronic disease and the promotion of physical fitness. Multiple aspects of psychosocial well-being are discussed, including mental health, social participation, and life satisfaction. The review concludes with future research recommendations and a discussion of challenges and opportunities for using exercise and sports to promote health and well-being among people living with spinal cord injury.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Activities of Daily Living
  • Body Composition / physiology
  • Bone Density / physiology
  • Cardiovascular Diseases / prevention & control
  • Diabetes Mellitus / prevention & control
  • Disabled Persons* / psychology
  • Exercise / physiology*
  • Humans
  • Mental Health
  • Muscle Strength / physiology
  • Obesity / prevention & control
  • Physical Fitness / physiology
  • Quality of Life
  • Social Participation
  • Spinal Cord Injuries / physiopathology*
  • Spinal Cord Injuries / psychology*
  • Sports*