Tim Morris, 32 grew up in Windham and now lives in Hudson, NH, is and incredibly inspirational and motivational human being. At the age of 26, he suffered a devastating accident that left him paralyzed from the chest down. The severity of his injuries hasn’t slowed Morris down or changed his health and fitness goals. Morris represents dedication and perseverance through constant hard work, passion, and turning a negative situation into a positive lifestyle.
Prior to his accident, Morris had just finished his master’s degree in Kinesiology-Pedagogy (Physical Education) and was a personal trainer. He spent a month in a medically induced coma at Massachusetts General Hospital’s Intensive Care Unit recovering from brain swelling and near-fatal pneumonia, punctured lungs, dozens of broken bones and suffering a T4 “complete” injury (complete loss of function and sensation below the chest-level injury). But Tim has never taken that diagnosis to be anything but a label. He wakes up at 4 a.m. to do self-taught water therapy or get a cardiovascular workout in for an upcoming marathon. Morris also works with Erin Crossman, an exercise physiologist friend, several times a week and together they have produced incredible returns in function for an injury this severe.
In the six years since his accident, Morris has redeveloped the ability to crawl, regained partial movement through his hips, and is working on the ability to stand hands-free. He is a Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist, a Fitness Nutrition Specialist, a successful Motivational Speaker and trying to help others through opening a neurological recovery facility called “NextStep Fitness – New England”.
Morris strives to be “the hardest working person you know” and inspires people along the way in believing anything is possible. In 2013, despite his paralysis, he completed OCR races and will compete in the 13-mile Vermont Spartan Race “Beast” World Championships as captain of Team “NextStep Fitness – New England” and just a few weeks later will race in the 2013 Marine Corps Marathon in Washington DC! Morris works to inspire others that experience any hardship, but specifically any similar traumatic neurological injuries, and their families, to comfort and know that a spinal cord injury is not the end.
There are roughly 450,000 people in the United States living with spinal cord injuries, with about 12,000 new cases each year. 80 percent SCIs are in males and the average age for injury since 2005 is 40. SCI results in average annual expenses of $66,000 and a lifetime cost of more than $2 million dollars. There are approximately 500,000 people in New England alone suffering some form of neurological dysfunction.
We look forward to hosting Morris and Next Step Fitness at the Reebok Spartan Race World Championships September 21 and 22, 2013. Be sure to tune in to the coverage October 19 in a 90 minute special airing by NBC Sports.