Scuba diving and weight lifting don't sound like typical hobbies for someone in a wheelchair - but they can be! See the amazing ways spinal cord patients are staying in shape.
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Casey Taylor: It's an image Nick Scott can't shake. Nick Scott: I can feel myself rolling and the sound, the glass shattering, and my car just crushing. Casey Taylor: A blown tire on the way to football practice paralyzed him at 16. Nick Scott: The doctors just came in and bluntly told me that my football days were over and I would never walk again, just like that. I was devastated. Casey Taylor: Confined to a chair and growing overweight, Nick was frustrated. A rigorous training schedule and diet, combined with a lot of determination elevated Nick to the national stage of wheelchair bodybuilding. He now helps run a wheelchair bodybuilding camp at Shriners Hospital for Children. Nick Scott: Let's go. Give me 12. Casey Taylor: Nick brings the gym to the kids. Julio Wilbanks: I think, as a handicap, it's going to make more of us more independent. Casey Taylor: About 60% of adults with spinal cord injuries are overweight or obese. They have less bone and muscle mass and more fat, which means when they do exercise, they burn fewer calories. Sara J. Klaas: Taking good care of the muscles in the body that they have is particularly important. Casey Taylor: Bodybuilding is just one part of what therapists call adventure therapy, a way to get paralyzed people involved in activities they thought were impossible. Michael Lewis: It feels like your body is just weightless. Casey Taylor: 19-year-old Michael Lewis was hurt in a motocross crash, now his favorite sport is scuba diving. Michael Lewis: Most people are like, oh, you can't swim without your legs. We're swimming, we are scuba diving without them. Casey Taylor: Keeping them fit and proving limits are made to be broken. Nick Scott: I just never quit. Casey Taylor: This is Casey Taylor reporting.
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