Keenan Weischedel working on gaining mobility and upper body strength after an incomplete spinal cord injury at the C7 level

The Video

The Workout

In this workout, Keenan began with stretching and mobility because his muscles were more tense than normal. From here, Keenan moved into completing a few sets of chest presses. Chest presses are important for overall arm and postural strength. Abdominal strength was also being improved during his last exercise which further helps with his posture.  Keenan is using these exercises to reach his goal of being able to camp solo with enough strength to get in his chair from the floor.  

The Athlete

On November 22, 2016, Keenan Weischedel was ski touring with some friends at Mad River Glen in Fayston, VT. Excited to ski the fresh early-season snow, Weischedel and friends were racing down the hill when he hit a jump and was propelled forward causing him to double eject from both bindings, landing directly on his head. Following impact Weischedel couldn’t left his head, and he laid still while his friends stabilized his head and neck while the cleared snow from his face. He laid there for the next two hours until paramedics were able to reach him. Following his emergency extraction, Weischedel was taken to Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in Hanover, N.H. After a successful

surgery, doctors told Weischedel that he had suffered an incomplete spinal cord injury at the C7 level.

I am bigger than this. I can beat this.

Keenan Weischedel

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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