In New Issue of Spinal Column, Patients Share How Recreation Therapy Helped Them Prepare for New Adventures
In this issue of Spinal Column, we hear from former patients about how Shepherd Center’s Recreation Therapy Program helped them return to old adventures or prepare for new ones. During rehabilitation from a stroke, Kendall Ball was thrilled to discover the arts and crafts space at Shepherd. A self-described “Jill of all trades,” Kendall found crafting could be an essential part of her therapy. While an inpatient, Travis Daniel watched Shepherd sports teams from the sidelines — now he is a member of the Shepherd Smash quad rugby team and Shepherd Sluggers softball team. And while Austin Yarbrough always loved being outside, he discovered fly fishing on a recreation therapy outing and was hooked.
The magazine also features these stories, among other patient profiles, staff highlights, honorariums, and memorials:
Detrick Gates, CTRS, finds the relationships he forms as a recreation therapist at Shepherd Pathways fulfilling.
As former Shepherd Center patient and parafencing medalist Ellen Geddes trains to qualify for the 2024 Paralympics, she shares how adaptive sports helped her adjust to life after injury and go for the gold.
After sustaining multiple traumas in a car crash, Cesar Perez worked hard to reclaim his life and discovered he had a story to share.
Shepherd Center provides world-class clinical care, research, and family support for people experiencing the most complex conditions, including spinal cord and brain injuries, multi-trauma, traumatic amputations, stroke, multiple sclerosis, and pain. An elite center recognized as both Spinal Cord Injury and Traumatic Brain Injury Model Systems, Shepherd Center is ranked by U.S. News as one of the nation’s top hospitals for rehabilitation. Shepherd Center treats thousands of patients annually with unmatched expertise and unwavering compassion to help them begin again.