On Thursday, July 14th, 2011, The Morris Law Group and the Canadian Paraplegic Association Ontario – Hamilton Region (CPAO Hamilton) are hosting their 2nd Annual “No-Limits” Event for survivors of spinal cord injuries to encourage physical activity through the sport of golf.
In March 2011, a new research study “Physical Activity Guidelines for Adults with Spinal Cord Injury (SCI)” was released by McMaster University, in partnership with SCI Action Canada and the Rick Hansen Institute. The study found that moderate-vigorous aerobic activity just 2 days per week for 20 minutes can drastically improve the cardiovascular fitness of people with an SCI.
As long-time supporters of the CPAO, The Morris Law Group is always searching for ways to improve the quality of life for spinal cord injury survivors. With the use of technology like SoloRider golf carts (www.solorider.com), mobility-impaired golfers can play golf with the use of an electric, 350 degree swivel seat which enables a full-arc golf swing from the assisted-standing position. The device also has bi-lateral ergonomic hand controls and turf-friendly tires (ability to drive onto greens and tees) making it a perfect way for people of varying disabilities to stay active and, once again, appreciate a game of golf.
In a recent article, Spero Ginis of SCI Action Canada noted that "Physical activity is something people with SCI are always looking for information and guidance on, they want to know what they have to do to achieve the health benefits associated with physical activity." In light of this recent study’s findings, The Morris Law Group would like to encourage not only the mobility impaired, but also other Golf Club administrators, to join them for the No Limits Golf-Club Event in hopes that more courses will begin to offer similar amenities.
Following a demonstration of the SoloRider, CPAO members are invited to stay, get swing tips from the club pro and try out one of the single rider carts on site.
The 2nd Annual No Limits Golf-Club Event, courtesy of The Morris Law Group, is being held at the Flamborough Hills Golf and Country Club and is open to everyone. Limited spaces are available, however spots are filling up quickly. Those who are interested are asked to confirm their participation at the event with Chelsea Crealock at 905-516-7774.
Date: Thursday, July 14th, 2011
Time: 12:30pm - 2:30pm – Golfer trial & demonstration
2:30pm -3:00pm– Meet other members and enjoy complimentary snacks
Location: Flamborough Hills Golf and Country Club, 71 Highway 52, Copetown Ontario.
Transportation is available from Hamilton Rehab Centre if required.
Just the facts
- SCIs affect approximate 86,000 individuals living in Canada, and are projected to increase to 121,000 people by 2030 – McMaster University Daily News
- The leading cause of death amongst people with SCI are chronic diseases (heart disease, type 2 diabetes, or obesity) that are all related to physical inactivity – McMaster University Daily News
- 50% of people with an SCI do not participate in any exercise, sport or leisure activity because of the mobility challenges of being active – Department of Kinesiology, McMaster University
- Involvement in sports and exercise can improve the physical, psychological and social well-being of people with SCI and are reported to have a better quality of life– Department of Kinesiology, McMaster University
THE CANADIAN PARAPLEGIC ASSOCIATION OF ONTARIO
Celebrating their 66th year, the Canadian Paraplegic Association of Ontario has been assisting persons with spinal cord injuries (SCI) and other physical disabilities to achieve independence, self-reliance and full community participation. CPA Ontario has offices across the province that provide consistent, holistic, individualized and quality assured services in the core areas of Peer Support, Regional Services, Membership, Employment Services, Advocacy, Information Services and Attendant Services.
THE MORRIS LAW GROUP
Over the past 50 years, The Morris Law Group has become synonymous with fighting for the rights of injured persons. William Morris developed a reputation for being a pioneer and innovator as the first lawyer in Ontario to hire a full-time occupational therapist and registered nurse to provide expert medical advice and support for clients. The Morris Law Group has a team of lawyers, accident benefits specialists and a health professional to assist individuals in securing their and their family’s future after suffering an injury.
For further information, please contact:
Chelsea Crealock, Community Development Coordinator
Canadian Paraplegic Association Ontario - Hamilton Region
email@example.com; 905-516-7774, www.cpaont.org/hamilton
The Morris Law Group