Exercise and Weight Management in Persons with a Spinal Cord Injury: Part 2

  • 24 January 2024
  • 17:30-18:30
  • Online

This is a free online symposium which will 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.

The symposium will discuss findings from the Peter Harrison Centre's ‘Systematic review and qualitative synthesis of weight management interventions for people with spinal cord injury’.

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.

This is the second part of the symposium series with the first symposium taking place in June 2021.


  • Professor Vicky Goosey-Tolfrey,1,2
  • Dr James King,1,2,3,
  • Dr Sven Hoekstra, 2,5
  • Carolyn Taylor 4
  • Henrietta Graham6
  1. National Centre for Sport and Exercise Medicine, School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences, Loughborough University, UK
  2. The Peter Harrison Centre for Disability Sport, The School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences,Loughborough University, UK
  3. National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Leicester Biomedical Research Centre, University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust and University of Leicester, Leicester, UK
  4. Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Sheffield, UK
  5. Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, San Antonio, Texas, USA
  6. Centre for Lifestyle Medicine and Behaviour (CLiMB), The School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences,Loughborough University, UK


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