Wheelchair users with spinal cord injury generally have a relatively inactive lifestyle. Several studies have shown that an inactive lifestyle is associated with a lower fitness level, poorer health, reduced social participation and a lower quality of life for wheelchair users. There are a number of ways in which wheelchair users can remain active in daily life, for instance, by using a wheelchair or handbike for mobility instead of taking the car, and by participating in sports or wheelchair sports. Some prerequisites should be met to enable wheelchair users to have a more active lifestyle: the wheelchair should be optimally adjusted and the everyday environment, including sport facilities, should be easily accessible. An active lifestyle often also requires a change in attitude or behaviour. General practitioners, other primary healthcare providers and rehabilitation professionals can help in this respect.
|Translated title of the contribution||Physical activity in wheelchair users with spinal cord injury: prerequisites for and effects of an active lifestyle|
|Journal||Nederlands Tijdschrift voor Geneeskunde|
|Publication status||Published - 2013|
- Attitude to Health
- Life Style
- Physical Fitness/physiology
- Spinal Cord Injuries/complications