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Title: Understanding physical activity in spinal cord injury rehabilitation: translating and communicating research through stories
Authors: Smith, Brett M.
Papathomas, Anthony
Ginis, Kathleen A.M.
Latimer-Cheung, Amy E.
Keywords: Ethnographic creative non-fiction
Health promotion
Narrative
Physical activity
Vignette
Issue Date: 2013
Publisher: Taylor & Francis (© Informa UK Ltd)
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.
Abstract: 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.
Description: 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
Sponsor: This project was supported by a Community University Research Alliance (CURA) grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) of Canada.
Version: Accepted version
DOI: 10.3109/09638288.2013.805821
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/17178
Publisher Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.3109/09638288.2013.805821
ISSN: 0963-8288
Appears in Collections:Published Articles (Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences)

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