A new study from the Department of Health and Human Performance has found that frequent participation in wheelchair rugby is associated with lower levels of depression and stress among men with tetraplegia. The results of the study by HHP graduate student Stephanie Silveira and HHP faculty Dr. Daphne Hernandez, Dr. Tracey Ledoux and Dr. Michael Cottingham were published in the journal Spinal Cord.
The study, funded by TIRR Memorial Hermann found that while about half of all spinal cord injury patients suffer from symptoms of psychological distress, just 17 percent of the 150 wheelchair rugby players who participated in the study had symptoms. Furthermore, athletes who practiced wheelchair rugby two or more times per week scored significantly lower on depression and stress tests compared to those who practiced once a week or less.
Below is an excerpt from a UH news article featuring the study.
Read the entire article on the UH News website
Read the Study in Spinal Cord Journal
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