The impact of Back Up courses on positive adjustment to injury

“I sustained my spinal injury 13 years ago and this was the first time I have attended such an empowering and encouraging session. Back Up to Work has helped me to see beyond my limits. I have applied some of the techniques to my family relations and they have responded very positively for the first time.”


Back Up's residential rehabilitative courses enable people to use the positive coping strategies linked to positive outcomes in life after spinal cord injury.


Published research shows that Back Up courses significantly increase people's satisfaction with leisure, their self-efficacy and motivation to engage in activities, and significantly reduce anxiety (Kennedy, 2006).

We talk to every course participant in detail to see whether the course has met their individual needs and to offer further support as needed.  We aim to discover:

What is the immediate effect of the course?

1. How people feel they are coping in life with their spinal cord injury
2. Whether they are currently participating in activities meaningful to them
3. How well supported they feel by family and friends
4. How positive do they feel about the future
5. Have they achieved their personal goal for attending the course

In 2011/12 80% of course participants increased in at least one measure and 59% increased in at least 3 of 5

What is the long term impact?

Six months after the course we call all the particpants to discover:

1. Have they continued to develop new skills learnt on the course
2. Their general outlook at that point in time in living with a spinal cord injury
3. Are they participating in their local communities
4. Have they expanded their support network.

And to discover whether further support is needed.

“Talking to the others and seeing how much they are capable of has opened my eyes to what is possible! Before the course I wouldn’t have considered using a manual chair but now I am. I’m even looking at handcycles.”

Dennis, 60, ski participant