Sustained participation in community-based physical activity by adolescents with cerebral palsy : A qualitative study
Morris, Andrea, Imms, Christine, Kerr, Claire and Adair, Brooke. (2019) Sustained participation in community-based physical activity by adolescents with cerebral palsy : A qualitative study. Disability and Rehabilitation. 41(25), pp. 3043-3051. https://doi.org/10.1080/09638288.2018.1486466
|Authors||Morris, Andrea, Imms, Christine, Kerr, Claire and Adair, Brooke|
Purpose: Short-term physical activity programs may encourage adolescents with cerebral palsy to participate in physical activity but how to sustain their involvement is not well known. This qualitative study aimed to identify facilitators that successfully sustain physical activity participation by adolescents with cerebral palsy.
Materials and methods: Adolescents (12–18 years) with cerebral palsy [Gross Motor Function Classification System (GMFCS) levels I–V, without moderate-severe intellectual disability] who participated in regular physical activity were eligible, as well as one parent and an individual who facilitated their physical activity. Data were gathered using semi-structured interviews; verbatim transcripts were analysed using inductive thematic analysis within individuals (n = 15), triads (n = 5), and across participant groups (adolescents, parents and facilitators).
Results: Five triads participated (male adolescents, 13–16 years, GMFCS levels I–III). Seven themes emerged: getting started, wanting to succeed, a sense of belonging, the coach is important, endorsement to continue, endorsement to support and being passionate. The themes were synthesized into the Framework for Sustained Participation, which describes the interaction among themes.
Conclusions: The Framework for Sustained Participation highlights strategies that may be useful for adolescents, parents, sports facilitators, clinicians and researchers to help ambulatory male adolescents with cerebral palsy continue to participate in physical activity.
Implications for rehabilitation:
• Key facilitators of sustained physical activity in adolescents with cerebral palsy included tailoring the activity, getting the right coach and the adolescents’ desire for health and fitness.
• The Framework of Sustained Participation may assist clinicians and facilitators who work with young people with cerebral palsy to structure their support in ways that will successfully sustain the adolescents’ participation in physical activity.
|Keywords||cerebral palsy; physical activity; adolescents; sustained participation; qualitative research|
|Journal||Disability and Rehabilitation|
|Journal citation||41 (25), pp. 3043-3051|
|Publisher||Taylor & Francis|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI)||https://doi.org/10.1080/09638288.2018.1486466|
|Research or scholarly||Research|
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|Online||10 Jul 2018|
|Publication process dates|
|Accepted||05 Jun 2018|
|Deposited||18 May 2021|
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