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New Exercise Recommendations for Adults with Spinal Cord Injuries

basketball-102377_640(2).jpgPhysical activity guidelines are evidence-based, systematically developed exercise recommendations for the maintenance or enhancement of performance, fitness, or health. The World Health Organization (WHO) exercise guidelines recommend at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity, or 75 minutes of vigorous-intensity aerobic activity, per week plus muscle-strengthening activities two times per week.

These and similar guidelines are not specifically tailored to people with spinal cord injuries (SCI). People with SCI were not included in the systematic reviews underpinning these guidelines, nor were potential risks of adverse events for people with SCI, such as upper-body over-use injuries and skin breakdown, considered. Further, no consideration was given to the feasibility of performing the 150 minute-per-week guideline for the SCI population, as these individuals often face significant physical, social, and environmental barriers to physical activity.

Insights into Shoulder Dystocia

Baby Photo 2.jpgShoulder dystocia occurs during vaginal delivery when, after delivery of the fetal head, the fetal shoulders become impacted against the maternal pelvis. This causes the baby to become stuck in the birth canal, requiring additional obstetrical maneuvers beyond gentle traction to enable delivery.

Shoulder dystocia is an obstetrical emergency - the obstetrician must recognize it immediately and proceed through a sequence of steps to deliver the baby quickly. Failing to do so can result in fetal asphyxia or death. Avoiding physical injury (such as bone fractures or maternal trauma) is also a goal, but may be required to prevent severe permanent injury in the baby.

Thank you to the Birth Injury Lawyers Alliance of Canada for being the Presenting Sponsor of the Life Without Limits Gala

Gala.jpgOver $40,000 was raised to provide support for young people living with cerebral palsy to obtain post secondary education. We heard from past education bursary recipients, celebrated their successes, raised money for future recipients and connected with each other, further strengthening our incredible community.


Meet Cindy Frostad

Cindy Frostad, a passionate advocate for children living with disabilities and recent graduate of the Harvard Graduate School of Education will be sharing her unique perspective on why education matters. Beautifully said: "How we provide for, how much we support, and how we embrace individual differences in education is integral to the advancement of our society. Each one of us has an opportunity and a choice to ensure this happens."  Read her full story at: 

Meet Mohini Tahker

Mohini-Takhar-photo-2-e1517355697563-300x294.jpgWe encourage you to attend the Cerebral Palsy Association of BC's Annual fundraising Gala and celebrate the successes of educational bursary recipients and help raise funds to support future students. The Cerebral Palsy Association of BC is shining a spotlight on Mohini Tahker, an inspirational young woman with a love of film and creative writing. To read more about Mohini's journey, click here: 

Meet Nathan Bragg

nathan1-300x200.jpgIn anticipation of the upcoming "Learn Without Limits" Gala, which is focused on supporting young people with CP in achieving their goals for post-secondary education, the Cerebral Palsy Association of BC is featuring Nathan Bragg's Academic Journey. To learn more about Nathan's successful university experience, and the opportunities his advanced education has created for him, click here: https://www.bccerebralpalsy.com/2018/02/learn-without-limits-nathan-bragg/

Message from the President of the Cerebral Palsy Association of BC: "How can I Help"

On a rainy spring day in 2013, I was sitting in my office, contemplating a particularly moving conversation I had just had with a parent of a child living with cerebral palsy. As a parent of young children myself, this conversation left me feeling both humbled and inspired by the resilience and determination of this parent who was navigating a difficult road for her child. Every day she rose and fought for what she knew her child needed and deserved. What struck me most was that she fought this battle primarily alone, with little support and few who understood her world or the unique challenges faced by her child. This story was by no means unique - I have sat in the living rooms of countless families of children living with cerebral palsy and heard their accounts of tireless uphill battles with no or little support from the community. 

That afternoon, I knocked on the door of the office of the Cerebral Palsy Association of British Columbia and I asked, "How can I help?" Thus began my volunteer work with the Cerebral Palsy Association of BC. 

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