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Kelley Adaptive Sports Research Institute

The Kelley Adaptive Sports Research Institute at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital is a national model for research of the impact of adaptive sports on the well-being of individuals with disability and their communities. The Institute’s mission is to “advance research that is participant-centered, collaborative, and outcomes-based in order to promote and expand inclusive opportunities for health and wellness among individuals of all abilities.” Research at the Institute engages athletes at all levels – from developmental to elite – and focuses on innovation and technology in this important and advancing field of medicine, while also emphasizing the impact of adaptive sports on key psychosocial outcomes such as employment and community integration. Spaulding’s Kelley Adaptive Sports Research Institute works closely with the Spaulding Adaptive Sports Centers, and together they are a national model for high-quality programming, research, education and advocacy. As a world-class leader in adaptive sports and a Harvard Medical School affiliated teaching hospital, Spaulding provides excellent educational opportunities for physicians in training and clinicians from many disciplines.


Faculty Profile:

photo of Dr. Cheri BlauwetCHERI BLAUWET, MD
Director of the Kelley Adaptive Sports Research Institute

Dr. Cheri Blauwet was appointed to the United States Olympic Committee board of directors and began serving as an independent director in January 2017.

A three-time Paralympian in track and field, and accomplished medical doctor, Blauwet chairs the International Paralympic Committee Medical Committee, serves as a member of the International Olympic Committee Medical and Scientific Expert Group, and previously served as treasurer on the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency board of directors.

A seven-time Paralympic medalist, Blauwet joined the USOC board of directors after leading the IPC Medical Committee at the Paralympic Games Rio 2016. During her board tenure, she also led the IPC Medical Committee at Paralympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018. With a degree from Stanford University School of Medicine, she maintains an active sports medicine practice at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital and the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, while also serving as an assistant professor in physical medicine and rehabilitation at Harvard Medical School. She has previously published on the power of sport to promote both well-being and disability rights for individuals with mobility impairment.

 Blauwet is also a four-time winner of the Los Angeles Marathon and a two-time winner of both the Boston and New York City marathons. Blauwet has been nominated for an ESPY award, Laureus World Sports award and the Women’s Sports Foundation’s Athlete of the Year award. In 2016,  she was the recipient of the Harvard Medical School’s Harold Amos Faculty Diversity Award and was named one Boston’s “10 Outstanding Young Leaders” by the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce. In 2019, Dr. Blauwet joined the editorial board of the British Journal of Sports Medicine for a two-year term.

Recent Publications:

More Than Just a Game: The Public Health Impact of Sport and Physical Activity for People With Disabilities (The 2017 DeLisa Lecture).
Blauwet CA.
Am J Phys Med Rehabil. 2019 Jan;98(1):1-6. doi: 10.1097/PHM.0000000000001063.

Cardiovascular screening of Paralympic athletes reported by chief medical officers of the PyeongChang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games.
Toresdahl BG, Blauwet C, Chang CJ, Ling DI, Asif IM.
Br J Sports Med. 2019 Jan;53(1):43-44. doi: 10.1136/bjsports-2018-099708. Epub 2018 Sep 15. No abstract available.

Women physicians underrepresented in American Academy of Neurology recognition awards.
Silver JK, Bank AM, Slocum CS, Blauwet CA, Bhatnagar S, Poorman JA, Goldstein R, Reilly JM, Zafonte RD.
Neurology. 2018 Aug 14;91(7):e603-e614. doi: 10.1212/WNL.0000000000006004. Epub 2018 Jul 20.

Preserving the Shoulder Function of an Elite Paratriathlete.
Diaz R, Stoll AH, Rho ME, Blauwet CA.
Am J Phys Med Rehabil. 2018 Aug;97(8):e69-e72. doi: 10.1097/PHM.0000000000000870.

Aspiration and Injection Techniques of the Lower Extremity. 
Chiodo CP, Logan C, Blauwet CA.
J Am Acad Orthop Surg. 2018 Aug 1;26(15):e313-e320. doi: 10.5435/JAAOS-D-16-00762. Review.

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