While during Active Duty, veterans typically engaged in high levels of physical activity. These levels may decrease dramatically postdeployment, increasing veterans' risks of developing chronic diseases. This research demonstrates that postdeployment Operation Iraqi Freedom/Operation Enduring Freedom veterans using the VA recognize the benefits of regular physical activity, yet many report barriers caused by health problems and/or chronic pain. Furthermore, participants reported engaging in fewer types of physical activity postdeployment than during Active Duty. This research may be of interest to individuals who can help develop strategies, particularly ones that address overcoming barriers, to facilitate physical activity among postdeployment veterans.
Volume 48 Number 8, 2011
Pages 901 — 912
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