To address this, a group of researchers followed 66 people for five years after major non-neurological trauma, to ask them about physical activity.
Despite wanting to be physically active, many of the people in the study experienced significant, long-term physical activity restriction after their injury, which persisted over time.
Restrictions were often related to a fear of re-injury or of exacerbating pain and fatigue levels. These restrictions were a source of distress and frustration for many of them – given the perceived impacts on their social life, family roles and enjoyment of life. They were also concerned about weight gain, health decline and reduced physical fitness.