How long is a recovery program?

The duration of a recovery program varies greatly and doesn’t adhere to a standard timeline. Each athlete sets their own goals and works toward their unique needs and desired outcomes. It’s important to understand that no two spinal cord injuries are alike, making comparisons between individuals is inappropriate because each person regains function differently. Spinal cord injuries are as distinct as snowflakes, with recovery paths differing for everyone.

Recovery, in this context, isn’t a finite program with an endpoint. It’s a lifelong journey that encompasses all aspects of your life. What you do outside of The Next Step Recovery and Wellness Centre is just as crucial as your work within the facility. Successful athletes who are regaining function often achieve independence, return to school or work, and have a strong support network of family and friends.

At The Next Step, recovery goes beyond being able to walk again. It encompasses a higher quality of life and increased independence. We celebrate ALL achievements, whether they are physical or mental, and because there’s no fixed timeline for recovery, it’s imperative to develop and implement a life plan that supports your goals.

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At The Next Step Recovery and Wellness Centre in Melbourne, our mission is to provide tailored programs and services for athletes recovering from spinal cord injuries and neurological conditions. Our Athlete Scholarship Program secures generous funding for athletes without financial support.