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Barriers associated with exercise and community access for individuals with stroke

James H. Rimmer, PhD, et al.

Figure. Number of barriers to physical activity reported by participants with stroke. Lower income = less than$15,000/yr, higher income = greater than $15,000/yr.

Barriers to participation in physical activity are an enormous problem for many individuals with stroke. These barriers, which include cost of an exercise program, transportation to and from an exercise facility, and no knowledge of where or how to exercise, are often insurmountable and make maintaining health and function after rehabilitation difficult for people with stroke. The complex barriers that the participants with stroke reported in our study provide a strong incentive for Federal and public agencies to address growing concern about this patient population's lack of access to fitness and recreation venues.


Volume 45 Number 2, 2008
    Pages 315 — 322


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