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Thursday, July 03, 2008

Rowing the St. Johns, disabilities float away

Published 7/2/2008
Jacksonville University and Brooks Rehabilitation have teamed up to offer an adaptive rowing program for people with disabilities. Participants train at the Negaard Rowing Center on JU's campus as form of physical and psychological therapy.

Alice Krauss, manager of Brooks Adaptive Sports and Recreation, said sports are a great way to keep muscles strong, make new friends and combat depression.

JU rowing coach Jim Mitchell said there's not much different about rowing with a disability. Besides using legs and stomach muscles to perfect a stroke, he said there's not much disabled competitors can't do.

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