Plager lives life full-speed ahead Injuries resulting from a car accident didn't dampen her zest for life

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September 6, 2007

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The dining room table in Angie Plager's living room is taller than most. So is her computer desk. The furniture is arranged along the walls of her parents' Cambridge home, with no obstructions in the middle of the rooms.

The back door opens by remote, to a ramp overlooking a large yard in rural Iowa.

Plager, 24, and her parents modified the home following a car accident in 2003. Her car slid under a semi trailer, leaving her a quadriplegic.

This year Plager planned the Adapted Cycling and Kayaking Clinic, which takes place next weekend at Raccoon River Park, where she will demonstrate that modifications following a spinal cord injury are not limited to doors and ramps.

The event features recumbent bikes, modified so people pedal with their hands, and kayaks with the paddle mounted on a pole. People with spinal cord injuries can also learn how to become involved in golf, karate, rugby, hunting and other sports.

Plager first attended the event in 2005. The next year she helped plan the expo and became a Spinal Cord Injury Association board member. This January, she was named chapter president.