Multiple Sclerosis: The Benefits of Physical Activity. [free PhD. thesis]
The overall aim of this dissertation was to examine the role of physical activity as a management and rehabilitation strategy for persons with MS. The research undertaken compared differences in fatigue, depression and quality of life measures in persons with MS who did and did not regularly participate in physical activity, assessed modifiable determinants of physical activity behaviour, as well as compared adaptations to two different exercise training modalities.
Based on the findings of the present research, the author recommends:
- An exercise based component should be incorporated into rehabilitation programs for people with MS. This will enable patients to experience the physical and psychological benefits associated with exercise participation.
- Health professionals should make persons with MS aware that regular physical activity will not exacerbate or worsen fatigue, and that research suggests that regular exercise may even help reduce fatigue levels. This will help to minimise the misconception that exercise participation will increase fatigue.
- Health professionals should explain to persons with MS that exercise training programs can be modified to meet their individual needs. This will help to minimise the perceived barriers associated with exercise participation in this clinical population.
From Nicole Marie Sabapathy (2012) 164p. All rights reserve dto the author and Griffith University, Griffith Health, School of Physiotherapy and Exercise Science, Australia.
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