High Fives athlete, Jeff Andrews working on resistance training after a C6 burst fracture with Chris Cloyde, trainer at the CR Johnson Healing Center

The Video

The Workout

A pro of training with bungee cords is the fact that they do not rely on gravity. Reliance on gravity comes with an element of momentum. This element of momentum reduces control of a specific movement and actually increases the chances of an injury. “Cheating” is also minimized when using bungees due to isolating specific muscles or muscle groups and not allowing other muscles to help with a specific movement. Tension is always present and constant when using bungees, while tension varies with free weights depending on the muscles’ position in the range of motion.

The Athlete

Jeff Andrews suffered a C6 burst fracture with associated spinal cord injury and transverse process fractures at the L1, L2, and L3 levels, resulting in quadriplegia at the C5/6 level in a snowboarding accident that occurred at Sugar Bowl Resort in Norden, CA on March 15, 2014. Jeff’s goal is to become as independent as his condition will¬†permit and return to the most

active lifestyle possible. Jeff is currently adjusting to the adversity with an infectious smile and positive attitude.

These stretches help Jeff out with his mobility. He played a lot of rugby this past week so these exercises allow him to work his chest and open/ stretch it back out due to a lot of times being in a more hunched position while actually playing.

Chris - Trainer at CR Johnson Healing Center

The Webisodes

The CR Johnson Healing Center is a program service of the High Fives Foundation. The High Fives Foundation provides resources and inspiration to individuals who have suffered life-altering injuries. We want to highlight these individuals inspirational recoveries by filming their workouts in the CR Johnson Healing Center. Our goal is to create an inclusive community that allows others to be inspired. Through these webisodes, others will be able to view the workouts of individuals with life-altering injuries and replicate the exercises at home if wanted.

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