Physical activity and sedentary behavior in people with spinal cord injury: Mitigation strategies during COVID-19 on behalf of ACSM-EIM and HL-PIVOT

Lauren C. Bates, Ryan Conners, Gabriel Zieff, Nathan T. Adams, Kyle M. Edgar, Sandra Stevens, Mark A. Faghy, Ross Arena, Amber Vermeesch, Rodney P. Joseph, Ni Cole Keith, Lee Stoner

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Abstract

People with spinal cord injury (SCI) face unique challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic, including greater risk of poor COVID-19-related outcomes, increased social isolation, and restricted access to important services. Furthermore, COVID-19 related restrictions have decreased already low levels of physical activity (PA) in this population. Therefore, the purpose of this commentary is to: 1) address the impact of COVID-19 on PA and sedentary behavior (SB) in people with SCI; 2) provide potential SB reduction strategies to guide future research; and 3) provide recommendations to increase PA and reduce SB on behalf of the American College of Sports Medicine Exercise is Medicine (ACSM-EIM) and Healthy Living for Pandemic Event Protection (HL-PIVOT) using a social-ecological model targeting the individual-, social environment-, physical environment-, and policy-level determinants of behavior in people with SCI.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number101177
JournalDisability and Health Journal
Volume15
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2022
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • COVID-19
  • Physical activity
  • Sedentary behavior reduction
  • Socio-ecological model
  • Spinal cord injury

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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