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Understanding physical activity in spinal cord injury rehabilitation: translating and communicating research through stories

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posted on 01.04.2015, 13:17 authored by Brett Smith, Anthony PapathomasAnthony Papathomas, Kathleen A.M. Ginis, Amy E. Latimer-Cheung
Purpose: The purpose of this article is to develop an evidence-based resource for knowing and communicating the complexities involved for both males and females in implementing and sustaining a physically active lifestyle shortly after spinal cord injury (SCI). Methods: Synthesizing a set of qualitative and quantitative studies with over 500 spinal cord injured people, the article represents research utilizing the genre of ethnographic creative non-fiction. This genre of representation holds enormous potential for researchers in terms of disseminating their findings to diverse audiences beyond the academy, and having real impact. Results: The ethnographic creative non-fictions show together for the first time the barriers, determinants, benefits, trajectories, emotions, fears, preferred methods and messengers for delivering important physical activity information to men and women with a SCI. Conclusion: The article contributes to knowledge by showing the embodied complexities involved when in rehabilitation for both males and females in implementing and sustaining a physically active lifestyle shortly after SCI. It also makes a contribution to practice by providing researchers, health care professionals and disability user-groups with a theory and evidence based resource to assist in informing, teaching and enabling people living with SCI to initiate and maintain a physically active lifestyle. Stories may be a highly effective tool to communicate with and to influence spinal cord injured people’s activity.

Funding

This project was supported by a Community University Research Alliance (CURA) grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) of Canada.

History

School

  • Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences

Published in

DISABILITY AND REHABILITATION

Volume

35

Issue

24

Pages

2046 - 2055 (10)

Citation

SMITH, B.M. ... et al, 2013. Understanding physical activity in spinal cord injury rehabilitation: translating and communicating research through stories. Disability and Rehabilitation, 35 (24), pp.2046-2055.

Publisher

Taylor & Francis (© Informa UK Ltd)

Version

AM (Accepted Manuscript)

Publisher statement

This work is made available according to the conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0) licence. Full details of this licence are available at: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/

Publication date

2013

Notes

This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Disability and Rehabilitation on 26th June 2013, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.3109/09638288.2013.805821

ISSN

0963-8288

Language

en