Lakshmanan on Spinal Cord Injury & Paralysis

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Today we have someone who simply redefines Motivation for many of us around him.

His ability to initiate, persist and then perform a task is worth watching. He began the process of developing and making constant efforts until he achieved his goal. There were many obstacles in his journey, but he kept working hard in the face of pain, physical fatigue, and mental blocks. He kept himself motivated and became an influential light for others too through rigorous physical conditioning, training, and mental preparation.

Mr. Lakshmanan, 24 years, fell from upstairs and sustained an injury to the spinal cord and was left paralyzed below the hip and lost sensation in Feb 2015 and was admitted to a post-acute care center for the injury.

He underwent medical and vocational rehabilitation at ASSA for almost a year. Instead of giving up hope he trained himself hard and got used to using a wheelchair. Now Mr. Lakshmanan plays wheelchair basketball since 2017. His dedication and not giving up attitude made him compete on various levels in Tamil Nadu, India in no time.

Simultaneously, he learned and completed his training in MS Office, DTP, Type Writing skills, etc. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in commerce.

Recently, he participated in an international level competition in Thailand and a couple of national-level basketball competitions securing his position and picking up various awards.

His clear focus on doing something great and proving himself different from others has transformed his life and motivated many of us. His hard work has proved that nothing is impossible. Currently, he leads the Vellore basketball team and inspires many to play.

Without your desire and determination to improve your sports performances, all of the other mental factors, confidence, intensity, focus, and emotions, are meaningless.


In 2015 I suffered a spinal cord injury and thought my life was over. I was locked up at home for up to 8 months. Then with some good intentions, I had the opportunity to join a rehabilitation center for the disabled under the name of Amar Seva Sangam… I did not know then that opportunity was the beginning of my future, the first miracle I saw there were the two pillars that lead to that rehabilitation center Mr.  Ramakrishnan Aiya and Mr.  Sankararaman Ayya took them as my role models and I studied everything I needed there, that is where I got self-confidence, courage, everything.  It was through that that the desire to achieve in life was high, and then from the day I returned home after the rehab exercises, I have been performing better in a wheelchair basketball tournament … If I had not been in the Amar Seva Sangam back then I would not have excelled in the sport today, which is an inevitable fact.

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