Noted U.S. Rehabilitation Center and the HandTutor armTutor LegTutor System

The U.S. Paralympics which is a division of the U.S. Olympic Committee together with University of Utah Health Care Rehabilitation Center’s TRAILS (Therapeutic Recreation and Independent Lifestyles ( TRAILS ) –  spinal cord injury ( SCI ) outreach program, have got together to start  Paralympic Sport – Salt Lake City. This is the local chapter of the national U.S. Paralympic Sport network.
A community-based recreational sports club, Paralympic Sport – Salt Lake City, enrolls youth and adults with physical and visual disabilities into ongoing sports and physical activity programs. All the programs and activities take place in the Salt Lake City area and are organized by the TRAILS program team.
TRAILS athletes are supported by the U.S. Paralympics and there are a few TRAILS athletes who are working toward their goal of competing in the US paralympics team.
Mike Mushett, U.S. Paralympics Director of Community Programs said that U.S. Paralympics provides opportunities for patients with physical and visual disabilities to be physically active and involved in their communities. This is because, participation in physical activity will enhance both self-esteem and peer relationship building which leads to better overall health, and a higher quality of life. The participation in active living through sports and recreational experiences in an important part of functional rehabilitation.
There are 21 million Americans living with a physical or visual disability. Opportunities to take part in the program are open to spinal cord injury, brain injury, amputees, and other disease or injury related disabilities.
The activities run include swimming, hand-cycling, downhill skiing, sailing, cross country skiing, and wheelchair sports including tennis.
The U of U Rehabilitation Center in addition to offering out-patient physical and occupational therapy is a 38-bed acute inpatient rehabilitation center. The University of Utah Health Care Rehabilitation Center is accredited by The Joint Commission, but also holds multiple accreditations by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities ( CARF ). The physiotherapists and occupational therapists (clinicians) at the Rehabilitation Center are dedicated and trained with disability-specific training. The clinicians have experience in treating the unique symptoms of brain and spinal cord injury, stroke, and other neurological conditions. The U’s Rehabilitation Center is the only rehabilitation center in Utah that is not only
Director of Rehabilitation Services Nancy Christensen-Mayer said that the The University of Utah Rehabilitation Center is very excited to be a partner of the Paralympic Sport Club network. She also said that TRAILS allows individuals with SCI to engage in active living through sports activities and exercise programs including recreational activities and education. Providing year round programming, TRAILS offers an excellent opportunity for individuals to develop an active lifestyle. These programs and resources serve as an important extension to hospital based rehabilitation and facilitates lifelong activity and wellness. TRAILS offers the following sports and recreation programs: cross country skiing, downhill skiing, hand cycling, kayaking, sailing, swimming and wheelchair tennis. Programs provide adaptive equipment and assistance with all sports. The activities take place in multiple locations in the Salt Lake City area. Activities are staffed by volunteers and professionals who specialize in SCI rehabilitation.
Linking the excellent care at the U of U Rehabilitation Center to the use of

The Tutor system – HandTutor for hand therapy and the ArmTutor, LegTutor and 3DTutor are tools for intensive active exercises that have proven benefit in  brain and spinal injury functional physical and occupational therapy and rehabilitation. 
Intensive exercise practice is proven to improve functional movement ability following orthopedic and neurological injury (including SCI and brain injury) and disease. Patient motivation and control of the exercise practice are the fundamental factors that are required for optimum functional recovery and prescribed by occupational and physical therapists. Traditional practice is mostly based on low technology tools that intrinsically lack features to challenge and motivate the patient to do intensive exercise training. This is why biofeedback and motion feedback are the tools of choice to give motivating and controlled manual therapy.
The Tutor system, consisting of the HandTutor, ArmTutor, LegTutor and 3DTutor and has been developed to allow for functional rehabilitation of the whole body including the upper and lower extremity. The Tutors consist of ergonomic wearable braces including and also include dedicated rehabilitation software that provide patient instructions and feedback to encourage intensive massed controlled exercise practice. The HandTutor is used to give hand therapy with SCI patients in the UK and USA. Parkinson’s disease, CP, MS, stroke, Radial/Ulnar nerve and Brachial Plexus injuries, hand, arm and leg surgery rehabilitation are also amongst the neurological and orthopedic injury and disease that is assisted by the HandTutor, ArmTutor, LegTutor and 3DTutor. The Tutor system allows for controlled exercise of multijoints within the normal movement pattern which prevents the development of undesired and compensatory joint movement. This is especially important to ensure that brain and spinal cord injury patients learn to better perform functional tasks.
The new Tutor system is a medical physical and occupational therapy rehabilitation device that is used by children as well as adults and through the use of telerehabilitation and are FDA and CE certified. See http://www.HandTutor.com

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