The Experience of Choice in Physical Activity Contexts for Adults With Mobility Impairments

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Lorraine Y. MorphyRadius Community Center

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This exploratory study described the experiences of choice in physical activity contexts for adults with mobility impairments. The experiences of 3 female and 2 males with mobility impairments between 18 and 23 years of age were described using the interpretive phenomenological methods of individual interviews, written stories, and field notes. Thematic analysis revealed three themes: (a) interpreting the setting described participants’ interpretation of the environment, person, and task when making movement choices; (b) alternative selection described how participants actively engaged in analyzing alternatives and choosing among them; and (c) implications of choices made described participants’ evaluations of good and bad choices and what was learned. Evidence of effective choice making among adults with physical impairments suggests the potential efficacy of ecological task analysis as a pedagogical tool in physical activity contexts.

Lorraine Morphy is with Radius Community Centre, Community Integration Services in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada. Donna Goodwin is with the University of Alberta, Faculty of Physical Education and Recreation, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

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