Enhancing Physical Activity Guidelines: A Needs Survey of Adults With Spinal Cord Injury and Health Care Professionals

in Adapted Physical Activity Quarterly

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Brianne L. FoulonMcMaster University, Canada

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Valérie LemayUniversité Laval, Canada

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Victoria AinsworthMcMaster University, Canada

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Kathleen A. Martin GinisMcMaster University, Canada

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The purpose of this study was to determine preferences of people with spinal cord injury (SCI) and health care professionals (HCP) regarding the content and format of a SCI physical activity guide to support recently released SCI physical activity guidelines. Seventy-eight people with SCI and 80 HCP completed a survey questionnaire. Participants with SCI identified desired content items and their preferences for format. HCP rated the helpfulness of content items to prescribe physical activity. All content items were rated favorably by participants with SCI and useful by HCP. The risks and benefits of activity and inactivity, and strategies for becoming more active, were rated high by both samples. Photographs and separate information for those with paraplegia versus tetraplegia were strongly endorsed. These data were used to guide the development of an SCI physical activity guide to enhance the uptake of physical activity guidelines for people with SCI. The guide was publically released November 11, 2011.

Brianne Foulon, Victoria Ainsworth, and Kathleen Martin Ginis are with the Department of Kinesiology at McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. Valérie Lemay is with the Faculty of Medicine and the Department of Readaptation at the Université Laval, Quebec, Canada.

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