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Welcome to the Center for Rehabilitation and Independent Living!

Housed in the Waters College of Health Professions (WCHP), the Center for Rehabilitation and Independent Living (CRIL) focuses on enhancing community-engaged research and service to the Coastal region while promoting interdisciplinary and cross-campus research within the WCHP. By combining the expertise of faculty in the human movement sciences and clinical rehabilitation, we aim to improve the health and functioning of individuals in the region. The Center emphasizes research and service in the assessment, rehabilitation, and enhancement of human movement across the lifespan.

Our Goals

To leverage the opportunities and resources within the WCHP to provide services that promote independence and quality of life for individuals with disabilities and chronic conditions in the region through service and outreach.

To synergize interdisciplinary research between human movement, performance, and allied health professionals among all three campuses.

To support and expand healthcare programs and research opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students in the health professions in the diverse Coastal region.

Programs and Events

Tai Chi Outreach Program

Our Tai chi program focuses on reducing the risks of falls through the practice of a simplified 24-style Tai Chi. It is low impact and puts minimal stress on muscles and joints, making it generally safe for all ages and fitness levels. It may be especially suitable if you’re an older adult who otherwise may not exercise.

Community Outreach Events

Through collaborative partnerships, CRIL is able to host a variety of community outreach events. These events are aimed to help improve an individual’s quality of life.

Camp RAD

Camp RAD is a 4-week summer camp day program for local youth with disabilities from ages 10-22. The purpose of Camp RAD is to help campers transition into the “real world” after they graduate high school and help them lead healthy, independent lives. 

Super Eagles

Super Eagles is part of an adapted physical activity course that teaches future fitness professionals how to create inclusive fitness programs. Young people (ages 5-21) with a disability will be paired with a Georgia Southern Student who will develop and implement a personalized program

Areas of Research

  • Human Performance Assessment of daily living, occupational, exercise, and athletic activities
  • Therapeutic Interventions for Movement Disorders and Aging Related Changes
  • Mild Traumatic Brain Injury Assessment
  • Adapted Physical Activity
  • Disability Sport
  • Clinical Gait and Movement Analysis
  • Cerebral Palsy