Master of Science
Health and Rehabilitation Sciences
MacDermid, Joy C.
Thames Valley Children's Centre
This thesis explored the motivators, experiences and challenges of youth and young adults (hereafter referred to as youth) with childhood-onset physical disabilities with respect to engaging in and sustaining physical activity. A focus group was conducted with youth (n= 6) who were current or past clients of recreational programs offered through a pediatric rehabilitation centre. Youth also completed a Personalized Exercise Questionnaire. A separate focus group was conducted with centre clinicians (n= 7). Data were analyzed through an interpretive description approach. A positive outlook towards physical activity was found among all participants. Youth recognized the physical, mental and social benefits of continued physical activity. Clinicians supported youth and families with a ‘can do’ approach to physical activity. Findings can help improve the development of inclusive physical activity programs for individuals with childhood-onset physical disabilities both before and after transition to adult health services.
Downs, Matt, "The Facilitators and Barriers of Physical Activity Engagement For Youth and Young Adults With Childhood Onset Physical Disabilities" (2019). Electronic Thesis and Dissertation Repository. 6055.