Perceived barriers to exercise in people with spinal cord injury

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Perceived barriers to exercise in people with spinal cord injury
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Journal Article
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American Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
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2005, vol. 84, issue 8, pp 576-583
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Study identified barriers to exercise among 72 individuals with spinal cord injury (SCI). Subjects were classified by level of injury (tetraplegia or paraplegia), completeness of injury (complete or incomplete), and those who were ambulatory. The Barriers to Physical Exercise and Disability instrument was used to gather information about barriers experienced in regard to exercise. The Perceived Stress Scale assessed psychological functioning. Although the majority of the subjects (73.6 percent) expressed an interest in an exercise program, less than half (45.8 percent) were currently active in one. The most frequently cited concerns about exercise were lack of motivation, lack of energy, cost of an exercise program, not knowing where to exercise, and lack of interest. Barriers such as availability and cost of transportation did not seem to be highly problematic for this sample. No single perceived barrier stood out as a major problem.
Scelza, William M.; Kalpakjian, Claire Z.; Zemper, Eric D.; Tate, Denise G.
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