(VIDEO) With Help, Jack Jablonski Crawls

He moved back and forth three times with assistance from Courage Center therapists.

The remarkable progress continues for Jack Jablonski.

Jablonski, a  hockey player who sustained a severe spinal cord injury in a game last December, crawled last week with assistance from Courage Center therapists (see video above).

The soon-to-be-junior has been in Courage Center's ABLE Program for the last two months. The program is an innovative option for people living with paralysis or neurological conditions that stimulates muscles and nerves to promote a greater degree of neuro recovery.

"It's crucial to his rehab and his recovery," his mother, Leslie Jablonski, said during a July 26 press conference. "He's so much stronger and healthier. He's had movement in his legs and felt his toes tingle ... This stuff is unheard of. He wasn't supposed to move his arms or legs."

After Jack's latest accomplishment, Leslie Jablonski posted the following on his CaringBridge page:

Most of you have already heard the jaw-dropping news...Jack crawled last week! 

Jack's therapists were certain that his upper body was strong enough to support him on his hands and knees. With assistance, he was placed on a floor mat and held into position. Staying steady and keeping his head up was not an easy task for anyone with the level of spinal cord injury like Jack's, as you'll see if you click onto the video link below. 

But ever so slowly, Jack moved his legs and crawled. And crawled and crawled. Three times back and forth on the mat. He didn't want to stop! Certainly a stunning moment for all. 


I thank my dear friend Lisa for taking the video. Ironically, I wasn't at Courage Center when this happened. I couldn't believe I missed the excitement, but was thrilled to see it on film. When Mike and I arrived, Jack could hardly contain himself. We could tell by the look on his face that something big had happened. It was a priceless moment. 

Two other significant events also occurred during that therapy session. Jack was on his back, legs up on an exercise ball. With the use of his glutes and hamstrings, he was able to dig his heels into the ball and move his body. So awesome! 

And, Jack broke a sweat. Finally. Not sweating is normal for people with spinal cord injuries. It's a neurological issue and body temperature regulation, or lack of, I should say. I used to loathe the hockey locker room smell... but bring it on Jack! I'd give anything for him to wreak like that again. It's a step in the right direction. 

Someone grab the deodorant, please! 


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