Underlying mechanisms of improving physical activity behavior after rehabilitation

van der Ploeg, Hidde P., Streppel, Kitty R. M., van der Beek, Allard J., van der Woude, Luc H. V., van Harten, Wim H. and van Mechelen, Willem (2008) Underlying mechanisms of improving physical activity behavior after rehabilitation. International Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 15 2: 101-108. doi:10.1080/10705500801929684

Author van der Ploeg, Hidde P.
Streppel, Kitty R. M.
van der Beek, Allard J.
van der Woude, Luc H. V.
van Harten, Wim H.
van Mechelen, Willem
Title Underlying mechanisms of improving physical activity behavior after rehabilitation
Journal name International Journal of Behavioral Medicine   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1070-550; 1532-7558
Publication date 2008-06-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/10705500801929684
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 15
Issue 2
Start page 101
End page 108
Total pages 8
Place of publication Mahwah, NJ, United States
Publisher Lawrence Erlbaum
Language eng
Subject 1701 Psychology
Formatted abstract
Background: Regular physical activity is beneficial for the health and functioning
of people with a disability. Effective components of successful physical activity promotion interventions should be identified and disseminated.
Purpose: To study the underlying mechanisms of the combined sport stimulation program “Rehabilitation & Sports” (R&S) and daily physical activity promotion program “Active after Rehabilitation” (AaR).
Method: Subjects in four rehabilitation centers received R&S + AaR (n =284). Subjects in six control centers (n =603) received usual care. Physical activity and its determinants were assessed with questionnaires at seven weeks before and nine weeks and one year after rehabilitation.
Results: Variables that were determinants of the intervention-induced improvement in physical activity behavior at both follow-up measurements were attitude, the perceived benefits “improved health and reduced risk of disease,” “better feeling about oneself,” and “improved fitness,” and the barrier “limited environmental possibilities.” The percentage change in the intervention coefficient caused by these determinants ranged from –35.3% to –16.3% and from –28.4% to –11.3% at nine weeks and one year after rehabilitation, respectively.
Conclusion: Personalized tailored counseling interventions can improve
physical activity behavior in people with a disability by targeting both personal and
environmental determinants of physical activity behavior.
Keyword People with disabilities
Physical exercise
Leisure activities
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

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