From the start, sport was central to rehabilitation

The staff of spinal units  – doctors, nurses, physiotherapists and remedial gymnasts – were responsible for the birth of sport for those with disabilities created by disease and spinal cord injuries because they consciously adopted sport to promote rehabilitation. Archery promoted upper body strength, coordination and control required for life in a chair and it was simple, cheap and could be set up on the grounds, as here at Royal North Shore Hospital in Sydney.