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Title: Understanding physical activity participation in spinal cord injured populations: three narrative types for consideration
Authors: Papathomas, Anthony
Williams, Toni L.
Smith, Brett M.
Keywords: Spinal cord injury
Physical activity
Exercise medicine
Issue Date: 2015
Publisher: Co-Action Publishing / © The Authors
Citation: PAPATHOMAS, A., WILLIAMS, T.L. and SMITH, B.M., 2015. Understanding physical activity participation in spinal cord injured populations: three narrative types for consideration. International Journal of Qualitative Studies on Health and Well-being, 10, 27295.
Abstract: The aim of this study was to identity the types of physical activity narratives drawn upon by active spinal injured people. More than 50 h of semi-structured life-story interview data, collected as part of larger interdisciplinary program of disability lifestyle research, was analysed for 30 physically active male and female spinal cord injury (SCI) participants. A structural narrative analysis of data identified three narrative types which people with SCI draw on: (1) exercise is restitution, (2) exercise is medicine, and (3) exercise is progressive redemption. These insights contribute new knowledge by adding a unique narrative perspective to existing cognitive understanding of physical activity behaviour in the spinal cord injured population. The implications of this narrative typology for developing effective positive behavioural change interventions are critically discussed. It is concluded that the identified narratives types may be constitutive, as well as reflective, of physical activity experiences and therefore may be a useful tool on which to base physical activity promotion initiatives.
Description: This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License, allowing third parties to copy and redistribute the material in any medium or format and to remix, transform, and build upon the material for any purpose, even commercially, provided the original work is properly cited and states its license.
Sponsor: This research was part funded by a research grant from the Coca-Cola Foundation.
Version: Published
DOI: 10.3402/qhw.v10.27295
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/19660
Publisher Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.3402/qhw.v10.27295
ISSN: 1748-2623
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