TitlePhysical activity experiences of individuals living with a traumatic brain injury: a qualitative research exploration.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2013
AuthorsSelf, M, Driver, S, Stevens, L, Warren, AMarie
JournalAdapted physical activity quarterly : APAQ
Volume30
Issue1
Pagination20-39
Date Published2013 Jan
Abstract

Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a significant public health issue due to the incidence, complexity, and cost associated with treatment. The purpose of this study was to determine physical activity (PA) knowledge, attitudes, intentions, and barriers among individuals with a TBI undergoing outpatient rehabilitation. Seventeen participants completed a series of group interviews regarding their PA needs. A qualitative research design was adopted and trustworthiness was established through investigator triangulation of data. A cross-case analysis was completed to identify themes and conceptual patterns. The main themes identified were (a) an inability to differentiate between PA and physical therapy, (b) a limited knowledge of PA health benefits and the relationship to rehabilitation, and (c) an interest in participating in a PA based health promotion program. Future interventions should educate individuals about PA, the associated health benefits, and the role PA plays in the rehabilitation process.