|Study Title:||Promoting and implementing physical activity guidelines in adults with disabilities: The Joy Active Project|
|Rationale:||Individuals with physical disabilities often participate in very low levels of physical activity. Our study is designed to provide personalized exercise prescriptions as well as an adaptive gym facility in order for individuals to be more physically active.|
The Joy-Active Project focusses on promoting and implementing physical activity guidelines for adults with disabilities. The study purposes are to look at participation within a community-based exercise program for adults with disabilities and to better understand the experiences and perceptions of individuals participating in an exercise program for adults with disabilities. We will be looking at relationships between well-being, quality participation, happiness, and physical fitness. Participants will take part in a 12-week exercise program following the appropriate physical activity guidelines. The program includes a session with a fitness trainer, a personalized exercise prescription, and group-based exercise sessions in the research gym.
Participants in this study will help us better understand experiences and perceptions of individuals participating in an exercise program for adults with neurological disorders who have mobility impairments. Participation in this study will encourage participants to reflect on their experiences within the program. In particular, the questionnaires will require them to think deeply about how they are feeling when they participate at the research gym facility, and their motivation or reasoning which underlies their participation. This may prompt them to recognize the potential benefits (i.e. health, social, psychological, etc.) that may be associated with participation in the program.
By participating in the study, participants will have free access to an accessible exercise gym twice a week over the course of the study period (12 weeks). They will also receive a free one-on-one session with a certified fitness trainer and they will receive a personalized exercise prescription.
Time commitment: Surveys: 3×20 min + 24 x 5 min: 180 min. Exercise and strength testing: 3×15 min + 3x5min = 60 min. The total time on testing include 180 + 60 min = 4 hours. In addition, participants are encouraged to do at least 24-36 hours of exercise training (2-3 hours per week, subject to ability and progression).
|Who can participate:||Individuals over the age of 18, are able to read, speak and understand English, have been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, have no medial contra-indications to performing an exercise test, and have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19|
|Location of Trial:||British Columbia|
|Trial Institution:||University of British Columbia|
|Trial Investigator:||Dr. Kathleen Martin Ginis|
|Trial Funding:||No funding is provided for this study.|