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Exercise adherence during home-based functional electrical stimulation cycling by individuals with spinal cord injury.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  23085704     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
OBJECTIVE: The typically sedentary spinal cord injured population has limited physical activity options because of muscle paralysis, difficulties in transportation, and barriers to access rehabilitation/wellness facilities. It is important to investigate physical activity alternatives to increase physical activity levels and decrease the risk of inactivity-derived diseases. The goal of this study was to determine the effects of a home-based functional electrical stimulation cycling program on exercise adherence of those with spinal cord injury.
DESIGN: Seventeen Veterans with posttraumatic C4-T11 American Spinal Injury Association Impairment Scale A-C spinal cord injury participated in two 8-wk exercise periods of home-based functional electrical stimulation lower extremity cycling. Exercise adherence and the effects of six factors thought to influence exercise adherence were studied during both exercise periods.
RESULTS: Exercise adherence rates for exercise periods 1 and 2 were 71.7% and 62.9%, respectively. Age, history of exercise, and pain not associated with the exercise activity were determined to have significant impact on exercise adherence rates.
CONCLUSIONS: Exercise adherence rates were well above the reported 35% in the able-bodied population, which provides evidence for the feasibility of a home-based functional electrical stimulation lower extremity cycling program. Younger adults with a history of being physically active have the highest potential for exercise adherence.
David R Dolbow; Ashraf S Gorgey; Jessica M Ketchum; Jewel R Moore; Laurel A Hackett; David R Gater
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  American journal of physical medicine & rehabilitation / Association of Academic Physiatrists     Volume:  91     ISSN:  1537-7385     ISO Abbreviation:  Am J Phys Med Rehabil     Publication Date:  2012 Nov 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-10-22     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8803677     Medline TA:  Am J Phys Med Rehabil     Country:  United States    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  922-30     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
From the Spinal Cord Injury and Disorders Center, McGuire VAMC, Richmond, Virginia (DRD, ASG, JRM, LAH, DRG); and Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (DRD, ASG, DRG) and Department of Biostatistics (JMK), Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond.
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