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Patient Programs

Patients not only learn how to enjoy their favorite activities, but also how to adapt equipment to meet new physical or cognitive needs. We incorporate key therapeutic elements acquired from other disciplines (such as sip and puff technology) for some of our recreational activities. Individual interests are always taken into consideration for outings and activities, with program and equipment adaptations tailored for individual needs.

The therapeutic recreation activities that Craig Hospital offers our spinal cord injury and traumatic brain injury inpatients and outpatients include:

Water Sports

  • On-site warm water pool
  • Swimming
  • Scuba Diving
  • Hobie Cat Sailing
  • Kayaking
  • Rafting
  • Canoeing

Horticulture Therapy

  • On-site Greenhouse
  • Accessible garden with raised planters and beds
  • Modified tools and equipment

In House Activities

  • Foosball
  • Air Hockey
  • Billiards
  • Theatre Room
  • Table Tennis
  • Video Games
  • Casino Night
  • Blow Darts
  • Singing
  • Musical Instruments
  • Computer Lab
  • Pet Therapy
  • Library of movies, books, games and music

Outdoor Activities

  • Horseback Riding
  • Hiking
  • Hunting/Shooting (sip and puff rifle)
  • Fishing (sip and puff pole)
  • Hot Air Ballooning
  • RC Sail boating
  • Winter Skiing
  • Snowmobiling
  • ATV’s
  • Downhill Mountain Biking
  • Hand cycles and recumbent foot pedal bikes
  • Float Fishing on the Colorado River


  • Potter’s wheel
  • Clay sculpting
  • Cooking (full kitchen)
  • Stained Glass
  • Kiln for ceramics
  • Photography (sip and puff equipment)
  • Leather crafts
  • Drawing and painting
  • Many other forms of artistic expression

Community Outings

  • Professional Sporting Events
  • Restaurants
  • Casinos
  • Parks and Open Space
  • Various Entertainment Venues


  • Power wheelchair bowling
  • Quad Rugby
  • Wheelchair Basketball
  • Wheelchair Tennis
  • Cycling (hand and foot pedal bikes)
  • Golf (modified accessible golf cart)

I have water-skied. I’ve gone on a hot-air-balloon trip. I’ve ridden horseback. I went to an amusement park and rode a roller coaster twice. It was my first time on a roller coaster since my injury. It was a great coaster. I’ve learned the essential hot tub transfer. It’s good. At Craig you work hard and play hard. That is the way I’m going to live when I get home.

Jim Penta, Womelsdorf, Pennsylvania​