The perceived benefits and barriers to exercise participation in persons with multiple sclerosis

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Title The perceived benefits and barriers to exercise participation in persons with multiple sclerosis
Author Sabapathy, Nicole Marie; Minahan, Clare Leslie; Sabapathy, Surendran
Journal Name Disability and Rehabilitation
Year Published 2009
Place of publication United Kingdom
Publisher Informa Healthcare
Abstract Purpose.The purpose of this study was to examine the perceived benefits and barriers to exercise participation in persons with multiple sclerosis (MS). Method.A cross-sectional postal survey comprised of 93 adults with MS was conducted. Participants completed the Exercise Benefits and Barriers Scale (EBBS), Spinal Cord Injury Exercise Self-Efficacy Scale (EXSE), Multiple Sclerosis Impact Scale, Disease Steps Scale and International Physical Activity Questionnaire. Results.Forty-three percent of the participants were classified as exercising individuals (EX group) as compared with non-exercising individuals (non-EX group). Participants in the EX group reported significantly higher scores on the EBBS and EXSE. Items related to physical performance and personal accomplishment were cited as the greatest perceived benefits to exercise participation and those items related to physical exertion as the greatest perceived barriers to both the EX and non-EX groups. Conclusion.When compared with previous studies conducted in the general population, the participants in the present study reported different perceived barriers to exercise participation. Furthermore, awareness of the benefits of physical activity is not sufficient to promote exercise participation in persons with MS. Perceived exercise self-efficacy is shown to play an important role in promoting exercise participation in persons with MS.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Alternative URI http://dx.doi.org/10.3109/09638280902980928
Volume 31
Issue Number 26
Page from 2216
Page to 2222
ISSN 0963-8288
Date Accessioned 2010-02-23
Date Available 2010-08-25T07:02:34Z
Language en_AU
Research Centre Griffith Health Institute; Heart Foundation Research Centre
Faculty Griffith Health Faculty
Subject Health Promotion
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/30287
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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