In February, 2014 the High Fives Foundation’s Winter Empowerment Fund provided a board-approved grant for Sophie Coudurier for $5,810.91 for therapy sessions at Beyond the Chair which included travel. Sophie has been seeing great gains at this amazing facility and is working hard in her recovery!
Stay tuned for more updates as Sophie continues her sessions at Beyond the Chair.
About High Fives Athlete Sophie Coudurier:
Sophie was member of the Falcon Ski Competition Team. On December 26, 2012, she was doing her first warm up runs on Bruce at the Mt. Rose Ski Resort in Reno, NV and she was hit by a skier at the bottom of the run towards the traverse. They were both thrown into a pine tree outside the boundary and Sophie sustained a spinal cord injury at the T6 level.
Sophie has attained her short-term goal of living independently within a year after her injury and her long-term goal of recovery will include doing the many activities she loved to do, such as adaptive skiing, wheelchair tennis, kayaking, etc. Sophie wants to continue enjoy life to the fullest, maintain the muscle tone below her injury level and regain as much as function as possible.
About Beyond the Chair (beyondthechair.org):
Beyond The Chair offers a specialized exercise program for those living with spinal cord injuries and other neurological/physical disabilities. Our highly motivated and skilled staff of Neuro-Fitness Specialists utilizes exercise principles, techniques, and modalities that are adapted to enhance the strength, endurance, and mobility of each individual with functional limitations.
Ultimately our focus is geared towards meeting the needs and goals of our clients in an environment filled with inspiration, hope and determination with a supporting cast of friends, family and community all working together towards our mission!
This program is not to be confused with physical therapy or occupational therapy, as for it is a post-rehab program specifically designed to compliment and improve the client’s level of function after discharge from rehab services. Beyond The Chair does not purport to provide any aspects of treatment or diagnosis of our clients’ medical conditions. Our program is strictly and nothing more than a supervised safe and effective exercise program. We strongly believe that our program is a great approach to bridge the gap between healthcare and fitness professionals.