Synthesis of qualitative research on participant’s perceptions of physical activity-enhancing interventions for people with physical disabilities
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Focus: Sport & Exercise
This paper is a synthesis of 10 research papers that explored participants’ experiences and perceptions of PA-enhancing interventions for adults with physical impairments resulting in mobility limitations. Seven interrelated concepts were constructed representing both components and outcomes of the interventions: (i) Diversity of interventions; (ii) Importance of communication; (iii) Need for social support; (iv) Behavioral strategies; (v) Gaining knowledge; (vi) Re-framing thoughts about exercise and the self and (vii) Health and well-being. The results revealed that a combination of informational, social and behavioral interventions is perceived as crucial for PA initiation and maintenance.
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