Objective: To define the prevalence of and the degree to which exercise barriers decrease odds of exercise participation among persons with SCI reporting annual household income greater than $50,000. Method: In this cross-sectional study, 180 individuals completed a Web survey of personal characteristics and exercise barriers. Over half (n=89) reported annual household incomes greater than $50,000. Chi-square and Mann-Whitney U identified personal characteristic differences between exercisers and nonexercisers. Odds ratios (OR) determined barriers that decreased odds of exercise participation. Significance was set at α < 0.05. Results: Eighty-seven percent of respondents were currently exercising (n=61). No differences discriminated exercisers and nonexercisers by gender, age, race, age at injury, injury level or completeness, education level, and total comorbidities or medications. A higher percentage of exercisers were full-time employed or married. Nonexercisers reported more barriers (4.9 ± 2.4 vs 2.21 ± 1.8). Only one barrier was highly prevalent and impactful (lack of motivation). The most impactful barrier, “too lazy to exercise,” was the 9th most prevalent barrier (14%). Persons reporting this as a barrier were 19 times less likely to be exercising. Conclusion: Among high-income households, highly prevalent barriers may not decrease odds of exercise participation. Knowledge and psychological barriers had the greatest impact on odds of exercise participation.
Perceived Exercise Barriers and Odds of Exercise Participation Among Persons With SCI Living in High-Income Households
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Rachel Cowan, Mark Nash, Kim Anderson-Erisman; Perceived Exercise Barriers and Odds of Exercise Participation Among Persons With SCI Living in High-Income Households. Top Spinal Cord Inj Rehabil 1 April 2012; 18 (2): 126–127. doi: https://doi.org/10.1310/sci1802-126
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