Applying Physical Activity Motivation Theories to People with Brain Injuries

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The purpose of the paper is to provide specialists with theoretical frameworks that can be used to guide the creation of physical activity interventions as well as facilitating participation for people with traumatic brain injuries. Two frameworks for examining the physical activity motivation of people with brain injuries are presented. The theories include Bandura’s (1986) self-efficacy theory and Harter’s (1987) mediational model of self-worth. The constructs within both theories are explained and then applied to people with brain injuries. Suggestions for practitioners are also provided about how to manipulate the physical activity environment to promote physical activity participation.

The author is with the University of North Texas, Department of Kinesiology, Health Promotion, and Recreation, Denton, Texas 76203-0769. E-mail:

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