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Craig Empowerment Center opens in Truckee for disabled athletes

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From left, Roy Tuscany, High Fives executive director; Mike Fordyce, CEO of Craig Hospital; and Jack Powell, CR Johnson Healing Center head trainer cut the ribbon at the new Craig Empowerment Center in Truckee.
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TRUCKEE, Calif. — Craig Hospital, a Colorado-based research and rehabilitation hospital for people who have sustained a spinal cord injury and/or brain injury, and the High Fives Foundation unveiled the Craig Empowerment Center on Dec. 20.

The center is an 800-square-foot addition to the CR Johnson Healing Center, located at 10775 Pioneer Trail, No. 108, in Truckee.

The center not only adds space and top-of-the-line training equipment, but also provides additional training resources from Craig’s specialized therapy staff.

The CR Johnson Healing Center is a training facility that provides resources for athletes in recovery from life-altering and sport-related injuries.

The Healing Center attracts more than 3,700 visits a year from community members and athletes supported by the High Fives Foundation, a Truckee-based nonprofit that raises injury prevention awareness while providing resources and inspiration to those who have sustained life-altering injuries.

The Craig Empowerment Center now gives athletes unique access to important strength-training technologies, such as the FES Bike, Freemotion EXT Dual Cable and Parallel Bars, and gives them more space for important workouts.

On Dec. 20, Candy Tefertiller, director of physical therapy at Craig, spent the morning conducting an assessment of the center to ensure it meets the rehabilitation standards of the hospital.

As part of the ongoing partnership, physical therapists from Craig will provide regular consultation to the trainers at the Center to ensure a consistent, world-class therapy experience.

“Often, access to these types of resources and equipment can be scarce for people with spinal cord and brain injuries once they leave a rehabilitation hospital, which is why this partnership is so important to us,” said Tefertiller.

Several athletes who are sponsored by the High Fives Foundation attended the ribbon cutting ceremony and had the opportunity to test out the new equipment.

“The addition of the Craig Empowerment Center gives our athletes and the hundreds of others who utilize the resources of the CR Johnson Healing Center access to even more advanced equipment that will help build endurance and strength and get them out enjoying sports more fully,” said Roy Tuscany, co-founder and executive director of High Fives Foundation.

Craig Hospital, located in Englewood, Colo., is a 93-bed, private, nonprofit rehabilitation hospital and research center that has been ranked as a top 10 rehabilitation center by U.S. News and World Report for 27 consecutive years. Visit www.craighospital.org to learn more.

“Our mission at Craig is to help people who have sustained a life-altering injury strive for independence and life quality,” said Mike Fordyce, CEO of Craig Hospital. “Several of our graduates participate in the High Fives Foundation, and through this partnership and the creation of the Craig Empowerment Center, we aim to help people successfully harness their bravery and determination in returning to the adventure sports they love.

This article was provided by the High Fives Foundation, which has helped 125 athletes from 26 states since its inception in 2009. Visit www.highfivesfoundation.org to learn more.