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Physical activity barriers and enablers in older Veterans with lower-limb amputation

Alyson J. Littman, PhD, et al.

Little is known about the types of physical activities that older individuals with lower-limb loss perform or the correlates, barriers, and facilitators to regular physical activity. We conducted an exploratory study in 158 older Veterans from the Pacific Northwest with a partial-foot, below-knee, or above-knee amputation. Walking/wheeling, strength training, gardening, and bicycling were the most frequently performed physical activities, but over half of participants were insufficiently active. To increase physical activity in this population, interventions should address motivational issues, improve information sharing about resources and techniques, address television watching, reduce financial barriers to exercising, and consider involving family members.

Volume 51 Number 6, 2014
   Pages 895 — 906

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This article and any supplementary material should be cited as follows:
Littman AJ, Boyko EJ, Thompson ML, Haselkorn JK, Sangeorzan BJ, Arterburn DE. Physical activity barriers and enablers in older Veterans with lower-limb amputation. J Rehabil Res Dev. 2014;51(6):895–906.
ResearcherID/ORCID: Alyson J. Littman, PhD: A-6409-2012

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