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ABLE: Activity-Based Locomotor Exercise

Locomotor exercise on the Therastride treadmill

The ABLE Difference

ABLE, the Activity-Based Locomotor Exercise program, is an innovative approach for people living with paralysis or neurological conditions. It's based on emerging research about the benefits of activating muscles and nerves.

The ABLE program's non-traditional approach uses locomotor training, Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES), the Giger MD therapy device and guided fitness activities to challenge muscles and movement below the level of injury.

The program is customized to individual goals following a thorough functional and physiological assessment. Most participants experience improvements in health, fitness, strength and quality of life.

Minnesota’s only NRN facility

Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute’s ABLE program is one of only six community fitness and wellness facilities nationwide that are part of the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation NeuroRecovery Network (NRN). And it’s the only NRN facility in Minnesota.

NRN is leading research on spinal cord injury. Dr. Susan Harkema, head of NRN also is doing epidural stimulation research.

ABLE staff training is through national leaders in spinal cord injury. Continued learning is through the annual national summit.

Contact us

If you are prepared to work hard, and looking forward to being fitter and healthier, contact us at 612-775-2200 or

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Contact: 612-775-2200

The ABLE program at Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute is part of the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation NeuroRecovery Network. Learn more.

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Scholarships for ABLE
Scholarships based on financial need are often available for the ABLE Program. Please contact for more information. 

Donate to the ABLE Scholarship fund using our Donation page and selecting "Scholarship-ABLE Program" from the drop down designation menu.. 

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