Consistent physical activity and exercise boosts mental and physical wellness and is widely recommended to all individuals. Benefits of exercise include lowering risk of all-cause mortality, cardiovascular disease, anxiety, and depression, while improving physical function, cognitive function, sleep, and quality of life. Physical activity guidelines exist for individuals with chronic neurologic conditions such as stroke, spinal cord injury, multiple sclerosis, and traumatic brain injury, groups that have elevated risk of reduced mobility and reduced physical activity. Unfortunately, there are many barriers for persons living with chronic neurological disabilities to obtain the health benefits of regular physical activity, such as lack of access to gyms with adaptive or accessible sports equipment and/or lack of appropriate supervision.
The Strive program offers a model of the translation of general exercise recommendations into effective real-world solutions for individuals with chronic neurological disabilities. In the future, we will report results from a pilot feasibility study to determine changes in quality of life as a result of consistent participation in the Strive program.
Luke Meng– Resident, Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell
Douglas Griffin– Director, Rehabilitation Services, STARS Rehabilitation
James Burke– STRIVE/Wheelchair Coordinator, STARS- East Meadow/Northwell Health
Frank Lombardo– Occupational Therapist, Northwell Health S.T.A.R.S
Ashley Chory– Clinical Research Coordinator, The Feinstein Insitute for Medical Research
Ona Bloom– Professor, Feinstein Institutes for Medical Research