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Disabil Health J. 2010 Apr;3(2):86-92. doi: 10.1016/j.dhjo.2009.08.005. Epub 2009 Nov 18.

Promoting physical activity in an adolescent and a young adult with physical disabilities.

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Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, Erasmus MC, University Medical Centre, CA Rotterdam, the Netherlands.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

We sought to describe the design of the Active Lifestyle and Sports Participation (ALSP) intervention for adolescents and young adults with physical disabilities, and to present the first 2 cases.

METHODS:

A 17-year-old boy with myelomeningocele and hydrocephalus and a 23-year-old woman with unilateral cerebral palsy were enrolled into the ALSP intervention, a personalized intervention designed to improve physical activity and fitness levels. Main outcome measures were self-reported physical activity and aerobic fitness. Fitness was determined by submaximal 6-minute walk or wheel test and by maximal cycle or arm ergometer-exercise test. Participants rated satisfaction with the intervention on a Likert-type numeric scale from 1 to 10.

RESULTS:

Improvements in self-reported physical activity were 51% and 75% for the male and female participant, respectively. Respective improvements in submaximal exercise were 16% and 9%. Maximal exercise increased 39% in the male participant but did not increase in the female participant. Satisfaction with the intervention was rated moderate-good to excellent.

CONCLUSION:

Data for the first 2 cases suggested that ALSP intervention seemed feasible to offer in an outpatient rehabilitation department, and the effectiveness may be promising. Future studies should determine the short- and long-term effectiveness of the intervention.

PMID:
21122773
DOI:
10.1016/j.dhjo.2009.08.005
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