School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences


8 June 2021

Exercise and Weight Management in Persons with a Spinal Cord Injury

Presented By Peter Harrison Centre

About this event

A spinal cord injury (SCI) is associated with a substantial reduction in total daily energy expenditure. Consequently, persons with SCI are susceptible to weight gain, and eventually obesity. Indeed, it is estimated that nearly 70% of adults with SCI in the UK have overweight, with ~30% having obesity. While lifestyle modifications targeting exercise and diet are generally believed to contribute to successful weight loss or management, SCI presents a multitude of challenges in the study and creation of such interventions. In this online symposium, we bring together scientists and clinicians to provide an overview of the state-of-the-art practice and research in the field of exercise and weight management in persons with SCI.


10:00 Opening by Prof. Vicky Tolfrey (Loughborough University)

Energy balance (Chair: Mr Jordan Fenton (Loughborough University))

10:10 Dr James King (Loughborough University) – appetite regulation in persons with SCI

10:40 Dr Tom Nightingale (University of Birmingham) – measuring components of energy balance in persons with SCI

Clinical perspectives (Chair: Ms Vicki Middleton (Royal Princess Spinal Cord Injuries Centre Sheffield ))

11:10 Dr Samford Wong (Stoke Mandeville Hospital) – Weight management for persons with SCI position stand

11:40 Ms Claire Lincoln (Queen Elizabeth National Spinal Injuries Unit) – Collaborative research between academia and clinical practice

12:10 Break

Exercise and nutritional interventions (Chair: Dr Sven Hoekstra (Loughborough University))

12:45 Prof. Vicky Tolfrey (Loughborough University) – Exercise guidelines for adults with SCI

13:15 Dr Sonja de Groot (Reade Rehabilitation Centre) – Health interventions in persons with SCI

13:45 Dr Claudio Perret (Swiss Paraplegic Centre) – Nutritional interventions for health promotion; lessons learned from elite athletes

14:15 General discussion on future research directions

15:00 Closure