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Rauch, A.; Hinrichs, T.; Cieza, A. (2017): Associations with being physically active and the achievement of WHO recommendations on physical activity in people with spinal cord injury. In: Spinal cord, Vol. 55, No. 3: pp. 235-243
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STUDY DESIGN Secondary data analysis from the cross-sectional survey of the Swiss Spinal Cord Injury Cohort Study. OBJECTIVES To explore associations with physical activity (PA) levels in people with spinal cord injury (SCI) with the specific aim to identify aspects that potentially explain being physically active (PHYS-ACT) and the achievement of the World Health Organization recommendations on PA. SETTING Community sample (n=485). METHODS Participants who completely answered four items of the Physical Activity Scale for Individuals with Physical Disabilities were included. Two outcome measures were defined: (1) being PHYS-ACT vs being completely inactive and (2) achieving WHO recommendations on PA (ACH-WHO-REC) (at least 2.5 h per week of at least moderate intensity) vs performing less. Independent variables were selected from the original questionnaire by applying the ICF framework. Multivariate logistic regression analyses were conducted. RESULTS In the participants (aged 52.8±14.8; 73.6% male) older age decreased, but being a manual wheelchair user increased the odds of achieving both outcomes. Social support and self-efficacy increased the odds of being PHYS-ACT. Use of an intermittent catheter increased, whereas dependency in self-care mobility and coping with emotions decreased the odds for ACH-WHO-REC. Experiencing hindrances due to accessibility is associated with increased odds for ACH-WHO-REC. CONCLUSION Being PHYS-ACT at all and achieving the WHO recommendations on PA are associated with different aspects. Applying the ICF framework contributes to a comprehensive understanding of PA behavior in people with SCI, which can tailor the development of interventions. Longitudinal studies should be initiated to test these associations for causal relationships.