Physical activity participation years after trauma

What factors influence physical activity participation in people recovering from major trauma?

People who recover from serious injury exhibit prolonged physical inactivity and high levels of sedentary behaviour. There is substantial qualitative research investigating barriers to and enablers of physical activity participation in people with traumatic brain and spinal cord injury.

However, people with traumatic brain injury and spinal cord injury are a minority within the wider trauma population and, to date, there has been no qualitative research on physical activity participation in people with non-neurological major trauma.

They valued the support of insurers and specialised services in facilitating access to modified activities, such as clinical Pilates and hydrotherapy. Many of them also recognised the importance of adaptation, goal-setting, self-motivation and determination to be physically active despite limitations.

Physiotherapists can use this information to help people be physically active after trauma.

> From: Ekegren et al., J Physiother 66 (2020) 188-195 . All rights reserved to Australian Physiotherapy Association. Click here for the online summary.

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