SPORTS, FITNESS & DANCE

Being Differently Abled: Fighting the Battle

Spinal Cord Injury (SCI)

Matt Morton

The Battle Doesn't End After The War

I spent 5 years in the US Marine Corps. After many deployments to locations such as: Somalia, Haiti, Bosnia, Albania, Liberia, etc. I suffered several combat injuries. I am the recipient of the combat action ribbon and purple heart.  

The disabilities have taken quite a toll on me with the current lasting effects. I suffer with: PTSD, TBI, Nerve Damage, Osteoarthritis, Spinal Cord Injury and Spinal Cord Impingement. 

In addition to using an ankle brace, two knee braces, back brace, canes, and power scooter for mobility, I must use special hook straps and wraps for gripping while at the gym. 

Although enduring back spasms and degenerative joint disease has been challenging, I will not let it stop me from pushing forward in my physical therapy and bodybuilding training. 

Through hard work and determination I competed in the St. Louis Gateway Games- an adaptive Track & Field meet in 2016. In 2017 I competed in the N.A.N.B.F. St. Louis Gateway Naturals Pro Qualifier for bodybuilding. I won my division earning my professional body builder card. I joined the INBA/PNBA as a PNBA Pro.

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