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January 27, 2014

Craig alumnus trains in The PEAK Center at Craig Hospital for wheelchair rugby

Ben Meyerhoff began exercising in The PEAK Center at Craig Hospital in December 2011 during his inpatient stay. He was recovering from a spinal cord injury, the result of a cycling accident that occurred during his morning commute in November 2011.

The PEAK (Performance, Exercise, Attitude and Knowledge) Center at Craig Hospital is an adaptive health and wellness center that serves individuals with neurologic disabilities. For a year after discharge, Meyerhoff worked out daily; now he uses the weights and adaptive equipment in The PEAK Center at Craig Hospital three or four times each week.

Denver Harlequins, a team in the U.S. Quad Rugby Association, came to The PEAK Center at Craig Hospital to work out with Doctor of Physical Therapy Julie Waldie, Meyerhoff canceled his afternoon therapy to meet them.

“The guys from the team showed me in the most fundamental way what it was that I now aspired to achieve. Each of them had lived through my current ordeal and had overcome it. They took the time to talk to me about the sport and about my recovery and were super motivating,” he says.

In March 2012, just a month after his discharge, Meyerhoff became a Harlequins defenseman.

“My greatest moment was getting onto the court and competing in the Metal and Muscle Expo in Houston this past October. Being there in the midst of my teammates and fighting for each possession was an excellent experience,” he says.

Meyerhoff is training for an invitational tournament in Houston Jan. 30–Feb. 2 and looking forward to future competitions. He’s also raising his three children with his wife, working on an MBA, volunteering and exploring new accessible opportunities.

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