The journey to recovery starts now!

Without proper stimulation, gravity, and weight-bearing activities, the human body begins to deteriorate. This includes the loss of bone density, muscle mass, and central nervous system function. In the context of spinal cord injuries (SCI), muscles are often affected by tone and spasms, causing them to shorten and adapt to the wheelchair-bound environment. Targeted exercise can help mitigate these issues.

Increasingly, medical professionals are referring newly injured athletes to The Next Step Recovery and Wellness Centre. Many of these athletes begin their recovery journey right after leaving the hospital, provided they have doctor’s clearance. This early intervention can lead to faster improvements, as these athletes have not fully adapted to the SCI environment.

While you can’t predict the future, our program offers you an opportunity to influence the outcome.

Your recovery plan should commence on the day of your injury. It’s crucial to research and understand the realities of your injury. What you hear in the hospital and during rehabilitation is often based on the last 50 years of occupational medicine, which may not fully reflect the potential for recovery.

The Next Step Recovery and Wellness Centre is here to provide Australians with spinal cord injuries access to leading recovery programs that enhance their quality of life, overall well-being, and independence.

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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.