Predictors of Leisure Time Physical Activity Among People with Spinal Cord Injury Journal Articles uri icon

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  • BACKGROUND: Most studies of physical activity predictors in people with disability have lacked a guiding theoretical framework. Identifying theory-based predictors is important for developing activity-enhancing strategies. PURPOSE: To use the World Health Organization's International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF) framework to identify predictors of leisure time physical activity among people with spinal cord injury (SCI). METHODS: Six hundred ninety-five persons with SCI (M age=47; 76% male) completed measures of Body Functions and Structures, Activities and Participation, Personal Factors, and Environmental Factors at baseline and 6-months. Activity was measured at 6 and 18 months. Logistic and linear regression models were computed to prospectively examine predictors of activity status and activity minutes per day. RESULTS: Models explained 19%-25% of variance in leisure time physical activity. Activities and Participation and Personal Factors were the strongest, most consistent predictors. CONCLUSIONS: The ICF framework shows promise for identifying and conceptualizing predictors of leisure time physical activity in persons with disability.


  • Ginis, Kathleen A Martin
  • Arbour-Nicitopoulos, Kelly P
  • Latimer-Cheung, Amy E
  • Buchholz, Andrea
  • Bray, Steven
  • Craven, B Catharine
  • Hayes, Keith C
  • McColl, Mary Ann
  • Potter, Patrick J
  • Smith, Karen
  • Wolfe, Dalton L
  • Goy, Richard
  • Horrocks, Julie

publication date

  • August 2012