Exercise is medicine™: Exercise prescription after SCI to manage cardiovascular disease risk factors

Academic Article


  • Exercise is underutilized in the battle against cardiovascular disease (CVD) for both the nondisabled and spinal cord-injured (SCI) populations. The American College of Sports Medicine and American Heart Association have launched the Exercise is Medicine™ initiative to facilitate widespread adoption of exercise as a practical treatment option by increasing awareness and providing structured guidance. We review the initiative, current exercise recommendations for the nondisabled, supporting evidence in the SCI population, and appropriate SCI-related alterations to exercise prescription. Finally, we provide resources supporting the prescription process for persons with SCI. © 2009 Thomas Land Publishers, Inc.
  • Authors

    Digital Object Identifier (doi)

    Pubmed Id

  • 2237404
  • Author List

  • Cowan RE; Malone LA; Nash MS
  • Start Page

  • 69
  • End Page

  • 83
  • Volume

  • 14
  • Issue

  • 3