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Master of Science


Health and Rehabilitation Sciences


Connelly, Denise


The effects of stroke pose a challenge on independence and community participation, which are common goals among survivors of stroke during recovery. Exercises are implemented during rehabilitation services and have a profound effect on functional recovery; however, services are limited, where adherence levels to exercise post discharge are less than ideal. The aim of this research was to understand the process of exercise participation for functional recovery among community living survivors of stroke following discharge from formal rehabilitation. Findings of this constructivist grounded theory study provided insight into the phases leading to exercise commitment –contact with a healthcare provider, desire to improve post stroke life, navigating options, and commitment to exercise. Further, the findings gave rise to key insights, which may foster healthcare providers and community services in promoting continued exercise participation among people living with the effects of stroke.