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Mikhail, David - Abstract

As an Integrated Science student at UBC, I have been involved in spinal cord injury (SCI) research with Dr. Krassioukov (ICORD).  Our abstract with data (a study supported by the DHRN) was accepted as a podium presentation at the International Spinal Cord Society’s annual meeting in Florence, Italy (Oct/23/2009).  This presentation summarizes our evaluation of cardiovascular functions among wheelchair athletes and demonstrates various degrees of cardiovascular abnormalities that could affect performance and participation in wheelchair sports.  We propose changes to the present Paralympic Classification in order to improve policies for wheelchair athletes’ competition.  This will increase and enhance community and sport participation for a larger population of disabled individuals, nationally and internationally, who are presently excluded from participation due to disadvantages related to cardiovascular dysfunctions.  Our result will have clinical and real-life applications that could improve the quality of lives of Canadians with SCI, a primary goal of the DHRN.

International Award Winners: Mills, P., Ramer, L., Simonette, G., Yiu, J., Zwicker, J., Chen, S.,  Faradaji, F., Gaudet, A., Hewapathirane, S., Inskip, J.
National Award Winners: Beirnes, K., Bundon, A., Hume, A., Lige, S., Schiarti, V.