In 2018 international scientific guidelines were developed to inform people with spinal cord injury (SCI) how much exercise is necessary for important fitness and health benefits. This page contains information about the guidelines and resources to support their implementation in the Italy. For information or resources for other countries please visit the European SCI guidelines webpage.

  • Who was involved?

    An international group of 29 researchers, clinicians, community organisations and people with spinal cord injury (SCI) have developed scientific guidelines to inform people with SCI how much exercise is necessary for important fitness and health benefits.

    This process was led by Professor Kathleen Martin Ginis (University of British Columbia, Canada) and Professor Vicky Tolfrey (Loughborough University, UK).

    The Italian part of the process was led by Professor Marco Bernardi, Sapienza University of Rome.

The guidelines

Professor Marco Bernardi

Professor of Exercise and Sport Sciences

Marco Bernardi is Professor of Exercise and Sport Sciences at the "Faculty of Pharmacy and Medicine" of "Sapienza", University of Rome, where he graduated in Medicine and Surgery, specialized in Sports Medicine and has taught Human Physiology since early nineties. He has written 46 publications indexed in Scopus with 1294 citations (H-Index:21), on themes of neuromuscular and exercise physiology, rehabilitation and sports cardiology. His main current research fields are: adjustments and adaptations to exercise and sport and functional assessment of able-bodied and special populations (including athletes with and without impairments). Since the end of the 1990s he has collaborated with the Italian Paralympic Committee, having held subsequently roles of President of Medical, Classification, Scientific and Anti-Doping Commissions and being responsible of Sport Eligibility Visits of Paralympic Athletes (1997-2014) and participating in ten Paralympic Games.

Email: marco.bernardi@uniroma1.it

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