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Fall Prevention in SCI

Losing balance to prevent falls after spinal cord injury.

Researchers at the University Health Network in Toronto, Canada are recruiting for a new study.

This study involves: three assessments (i.e. lab-based and clinical measures) at baseline, post-training and 6-month follow-up; 18 balance training sessions; and six months of tracking falls. The purpose of this study is to
develop a new intervention that improves balance and balance confidence. Overall, participants will be involved in the study for approximately 7.5-8 months. Assessments will last 3-4 hours spanning over two days. Training
sessions will be one hour and occur three times per week for 6 weeks. Follow-up phone calls to track falls will last approximately 5-10 minutes every 3-4 weeks. Participants will be reimbursed for their time.

Who is eligible to participate: To participate in this study, you:

  • Adults (18+ yrs),
  • Living with a traumatic or non-progressive, non-traumatic motor incomplete spinal cord injury (SCI) for at least one year,
  • Are able to stand for ≥30 seconds without support or assistance,
  • Require physical assistance, a gait aid or a brace to ambulate 10 meters,

What is involved:

  • Three assessments (i.e. lab-based and clinical measures) at baseline, post-training and 6-month follow-up
  • 18 balance training sessions
  • Six months of tracking falls
  • Participants will be reimbursed for their time.

    If you would like to participate or find out more please contact:
    Kristin Musselman (Principal Investigator) at (416) 597-3422 x6190 or email
    [email protected]

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