Although the benefits of weight training are well documented, there is not much information on the benefits of strength training for people with spinal cord injuries (SCI). A recent study found that men who have SCI received physical, psychological and social benefits from resistance training.
The study, published in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning (14(4)), involved four men with cervical spinal cord injuries. It found that weight training offered physical benefits of increased muscular strength and endurance, psychological benefits of enhanced self-concept, enhanced self-esteem and strengthened self-efficacy, and social benefits derived from working out in a social environment. Such benefits help those with SCIs with activities of daily living (ADL), such as navigating a curb or getting into a car, and with the emotional effects of having a disability.