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Volume 50 Number 2, 2013
   Pages 231 — 238

Abstract — Perceived exercise benefits and barriers among power wheelchair soccer players

J. P. Barfield, DA;1* Laurie A. Malone, PhD2

1Department of Exercise Science, Physical Education, and Wellness, Tennessee Tech University, Cookeville, TN; 2Research and Education, Lakeshore Foundation, Birmingham, AL

Abstract — Lack of exercise is a major risk factor for secondary conditions among persons dependent upon motorized wheelchairs. Power wheelchair soccer is a unique exercise opportunity for this population, and understanding factors that influence exercise decision-making is necessary for clinicians to help those in motorized chairs reduce their secondary risk. Therefore, this study examined differences in perceived benefits and barriers to exercise among power wheelchair soccer players using a mixed-methods analysis. The most common perceived benefit to exercise was "Exercising lets me have contact with friends and persons I enjoy." Post hoc comparisons of quantitative data indicated that persons with muscular dystrophy perceived exercise to be significantly less important than did other disability groups (p < 0.05). "Exercise is hard work for me," "Exercise tires me," and "There are too few places for me to exercise" were the most common perceived barriers. These findings can assist with development of exercise opportunities for power wheelchair users.

Key words: disability sport, environmental barriers, multiple sclerosis, physical disability, rehabilitation, social barriers, social cognitive theory, spinal cord injury, therapeutic exercise, traumatic brain injury.


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This article and any supplemental material should be cited as follows:
Barfield JP, Malone LA. Perceived exercise benefits and barriers among power wheelchair soccer players. J Rehabil Res Dev. 2013;50(2):231–38.
http://dx.doi.org/10.1682/JRRD.2011.12.0234
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