Sports therapy promoted at Lyndhurst Games

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Once spinal cord injury patients complete rehab, they are at risk for becoming house-bound and disengaged from the community and physical activity, which could lead to additional health issues like depression, obesity, and cardiovascular disease.

Promoting the benefits of therapeutic recreation in helping overcome these obstacles was the focus of the recent Lyndhurst Games – an event aimed at introducing patients to the possibilities of participating in adapted sports and leisure activities with the hope that they incorporate it into their own therapy. The games demonstrated the impact of sports in helping people look beyond their impairments, overcome challenges and set new goals.

"[Anyone] who is involved in sports, whether at amateur, recreational or professional level, their mindset is completely changed and they get into a never-give-up attitude," says Dr. Sivakumar Gulasingam, a physiatrist at Toronto Rehab’s Lyndhurst Centre for Spinal Cord Rehab who specializes in parasports and men's health.

This year's Canada 150-themed Lyndhurst Games brought together more than 200 patients, staff, volunteers, and family members to try different adapted sports and recreational activities such as handcycling, wheelchair basketball, and bocce ball, in a friendly competition between the four spinal cord injury inpatient and outpatient units.

Read more about the Lyndhurst Games at UHN.ca  Featured are participants Fabio Angelini, who is golfing again after two-and-a-half months in a wheel chair, and Emily Schmidt, who relished the sense of freedom she experienced when she tried an adapted sports chair to play tennis.

We are grateful to corporate sponsors Motion Specialties and Permobil who made this year’s Games possible (shown in photo). Additionally, food for participants and guests was provided by Cookyns. Learn more about Corporate Partnerships