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First swim after SCI

SpearJanisSpearJanis Member Posts: 14
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It has been 2 years and 15 days since my hubby was in a motor vehicle accident and dislocated his C5.  He is incomplete and we have had some lovely recovery.  He is able to use his arms, a little tenodesis, and a tiny bit of leg swinging (pushing but not pulling).
We bartered his motorbike for a pool hoist which was just recently completed and today he had his first swim.  It was really great for him and will be excellent exercise if I am able to support him properly. I will need to do more training and learning, but the look on his face was just wonderful.
Here is the video my Dad took of the process:
If anyone has any ideas or advice, please feel free to share with us.  I want to perhaps get weights for his feet, as well as a floaty thing to hold him up just in case.  :)<3


  • David_1899498David_1899498 Member Posts: 1
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    I swim 3 times a week and use a pull boy on my thighs with an elastic strap to hold it. It is aerodynamic and works perfect.
  • trevorsendeavortrevorsendeavor Moderator Posts: 38 Moderator
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    Pool therapy is a great way to get rid of some of the weight and move freely in the water! I think doing aquatic therapy really helped me initially with my recovery. I wish I had more time to get in the pool more often! Some pools even have parallel bars in them so you can use those to help stand and walk in the water.
  • SpearJanisSpearJanis Member Posts: 14
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    We have learned and I put weights on his feet which makes it much easier for him.  He can stand up and although he is not strong enough to really push up with his legs, we are feeling like we have made progress.  He loves to swim, and although it is a bit exhausting for me, he gets so much out of it we so it as much as we can.
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