September 5th marks World Spinal Cord Injury Day

International days are powerful tools to promote public awareness and activate authorities on certain issues of concern.

Since 2016, the International Spinal Cord Society (ISCoS) has designated September 5th as ‘Spinal Cord Injury Day’ to be celebrated annually. Each year, it is celebrated under different slogans and themes that highlight the most pressing issues faced by individuals with spinal cord injuries (SCI). The theme of 2023 is “Access to SCI services; a life less complicated”, which, in accordance with ISCoS, aims to ensure that individuals with SCI have access to the resources they need to achieve optimal recovery and live a fulfilling life.

The World Health Organization and the International Spinal Cord Society’s research, titled “International Perspectives on Spinal Cord Injury”, underscores the role of sports for individuals with spinal cord injuries.

According to the research, “Regular physical activity can have substantial social benefits, providing a means of establishing new friendships, sharing experiences, developing social support networks, and improving overall functioning”. Participation in sports has been reported to re-establish contact with the world at large by aiding community integration and improving family relationships. Furthermore, the study revealed that “research in the USA shows that people with SCI involved in sports score higher in physical independence, mobility, occupation, and social integration than non-athletes, with psychological benefits particularly evident for those engaged in team sports. A German study found that individuals who were actively involved in sports had a higher employment rate and a better quality of life. People other than therapists tend to be the source of motivation to become involved in sports. Specialized equipment allows people with SCI to practice a wide range of sports.”

September 5 is also recognized as the International Day of Charity, which is in accordance with the United Nations assistance for the advancement of culture, science, sports, and the protection of cultural and natural heritage.

PSF is proud to be a charitable foundation and to be a partner of the Swiss Paraplegics Association and the International Wheelchair Basketball Federation, which enable people with SCI to be included in all aspects of life, in particular sports.