Physical Activity

This is your new normal: A qualitative study of barriers and facilitators to physical activity in Veterans with lower extremity loss

Alyson J. Littman, Ph.D., M.P.H., Erin D. Bouldin, Ph.D., M.P.H., Jodie K. Haselkorn, M.D., M.P.H. Disability and Health Journal, Vol. 10, Issue 4, p600–606 DOI:     Background Regular physical activity (PA) is essential for aging well with a disability, preventing the onset or worsening of chronic conditions, functional loss, and maintaining or improving quality of life, yet PA levels… Read More »»

Social cognitive correlates of physical activity among persons with multiple sclerosis: Influence of depressive symptoms

  Ipek Ensari, Ph.D., Dominique Kinnett-Hopkins, B.S., Robert W. Motl, Ph.D. Disability and Health Journal, Vol. 10, Issue 4, p580–586 DOI:   Background Physical inactivity and elevated depressive symptoms are both highly prevalent and correlated among persons with multiple sclerosis (MS). Variables from Social Cognitive Theory (SCT) might be differentially correlated with physical activity in persons with MS who… Read More »»

Beliefs about physical activity and sedentary behaviors of adults with visual impairments

Justin A. Haegele, Ph.D., Samuel R. Hodge, Ph.D., Francis M. Kozub, Ph.D. Disability and Health Journal, Vol. 10, Issue 4, p571–579 DOI:   Background When exploring reasons why individuals with visual impairments (VI) may or may not engage in physical activity (PA) or sedentary behaviors (SB), theoretically grounded research on the determinants of these behaviors is scarce. Objective/Hypothesis Situated in… Read More »»

Dietary and physical activity behaviors of adults with developmental disabilities and their direct support professional providers

Kendall A. Leser, Ph.D., Phyllis L. Pirie, Ph.D., Amy K. Ferketich, Ph.D., Susan M. Havercamp, Ph.D.,Mary Ellen Wewers, Ph.D., M.P.H. Disability and Health Journal, Vol. 10, Issue 4, p532–541 DOI:   Background People with developmental disabilities lead more sedentary lifestyles, consume poorer diets, as well as have higher rates of chronic conditions such as diabetes and heart disease when compared to… Read More »»

Fitness facilities still lack accessibility for people with disabilities

James H. Rimmer, PhD, Sangeetha Padalabalanarayanan, MS, Laurie A. Malone, PhD, Tapan Mehta Disability and Health Journal, April 2017, Volume 10, Issue 2, Pages 214–221 DOI:   Background Fitness facilities have potential to serve as places of ‘health enhancement’ for many underserved populations, particularly among people with physical/mobility disabilities where walking outdoors to meet recommendations for regular physical activity is… Read More »»

Symptom variability, affect and physical activity in ambulatory persons with multiple sclerosis: Understanding patterns and time-bound relationships

  Susan L. Kasser, PhD, Amanda Goldstein, DPT, Phillip K. Wood, PhD, Jeremy Sibold, EdD Disability and Health Journal, April 2017, Volume 10, Issue 2, Pages 207–213 DOI:   Background Individuals with multiple sclerosis (MS) experience a clinical course that is highly variable with daily fluctuations in symptoms significantly affecting functional ability and quality of life. Yet, understanding how MS… Read More »»

Reliability and convergent validity of the 6-min run test in young adults with Down syndrome

Carlos Ayán-Pérez, Ph.D. in Sport Sciences, R. Iván Martínez-Lemos, Ph.D. in Sport Sciences, José M. Cancela-Carral, Ph.D. in Sport Sciences Disability and Health Journal, January 2017, Volume 10, Issue 1, Pages 105–113 DOI:   Background There is limited evidence about the psychometric properties of field tests to measure cardiorespiratory fitness in people with Down syndrome. Objective This study… Read More »»

The technical quality of online leisure time physical activity resources for people with physical disabilities

  Robert B. Shaw, B.P.H.E., Kylie D. Mallory, B.Sc., Jane Arkell, Kathleen A. Martin Ginis, Ph.D. Disability and Health Journal, January 2017, Volume 10, Issue 1, Pages 93–99 DOI:   Background The internet is an important information source for people with disabilities. Unfortunately, little is known about the quality of online leisure time physical activity resources provided for people with… Read More »»

Physical activity differences for college students with disabilities

Jamie Valis, Ph.D., Michelle Gonzalez, Ph.D. Disability and Health Journal, January 2017, Volume 10, Issue 1, Pages 87–92 DOI:   Background Previous literature suggests that individuals with disabilities have increased rates of obesity and decreased participation in physical activity contributing to overall higher incidence of secondary health conditions compared to the general population without disabilities. Objective/hypothesis The purpose… Read More »»

Criterion-related validity of the short form of the international physical activity questionnaire in adults who are Deaf

Diogo Menezes, M.S., Luís Laranjo, M.S., José Marmeleira, Ph.D. Disability and Health Journal, January 2017, Volume 10, Issue 1, Pages 33–38 DOI:   Background To implement appropriate programs for promoting physical activity (PA) in people who are Deaf, it is important to have valid instruments for assessing PA in this population. Objective The main purpose of this study was… Read More »»