Physical Activity Promotion for Persons Experiencing Disability: The Importance of Interdisciplinary Research and Practice

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This paper examines the need for interdisciplinary knowledge in the formation of public health models for health-promoting physical activity (PA) for people experiencing disability. PA promotion for people experiencing disability is a multifaceted endeavor and requires navigating a multitude of complicated and interactive factors. Both disability and health are multifaceted constructs and the relationship between PA and health is embedded within a complicated web of interactive influences. PA promotion must consider interacting biological and psychosocial factors within the person and in the sociopolitical environment. Models for research and practice need to evolve from value and belief systems that center on people experiencing disability without stigmatizing them. We argue that interdisciplinary research and practice is needed in navigating the intricacies of PA promotion toward improving the health of people experiencing disability and facilitating inclusion, empowerment, and dignity.

Agiovlasitis is with the Dept. of Kinesiology, Mississippi State University, Mississippi State, MS. Yun is with Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR. Jin is with the University of Seoul, Seoul, South Korea. McCubbin is with Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO. Motl is with the University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, AL.

Address author correspondence to Stamatis Agiovlasitis at sagiovlasitis@colled.msstate.edu.
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