ICORD Principal Investigator Dr. Andrei Krassioukov is an expert on the subject of boosting, and he’s been in high demand from national and international media outlets wanting his insight in advance of the upcoming Paralympic Games.
Boosting occurs when athletes with spinal cord injuries deliberately induce autonomic dysreflexia in order to gain an advantage in competition. Autonomic dysreflexia is a dangerous rise in blood pressure caused by a painful or non-painful stimulation below the level of injury. Below the SCI, their bodies cannot detect the stimulation and has difficulty properly responding. As a result, blood pressure can increase quickly, which can lead to serious consequences such as stroke, heart attack, or even death.
Dr. Krassioukov and his team will run an education clinic at the London Games