Quality of life and physical activity of persons with spinal cord injury
ID Filipčič, Tjaša (Author), ID Sember, Vedrana (Author), ID Pajek, Maja (Author), ID Jerman, Janez (Author)

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The higher quality of life of people with spinal cord injury is closely related with their reintegration into the social environment. Social reintegration is a demanding and complex process, requiring individuals to become active again and acquire age-, gender-, and culture-appropriate roles and social status. It also involves independence and productive behavior as part of multiple interpersonal relationships with family, friends, and others. In order to establish whether individuals with spinal cord injury who are physically active subjectively rate their quality of life to be higher compared to those who are not, sixty-two respondents from Slovenia with spinal cord injury were interviewed. Thirty-one of them were physically active, and 31 were not. The level of injury of the responders was from Th6–Th12. The participants gave the highest assessments to their interpersonal relationships, and the lowest to their satisfaction with material prosperity. Data comparison showed that subjective estimates in all areas of quality of life are higher in respondents who were involved in physical activity after their injury. The results may encourage persons with spinal cord injury to participate more often in sports programs, and also encourage others to do so.

Keywords:spinal cord injury, sports activity, quality of life
Work type:Article
Typology:1.01 - Original Scientific Article
Organization:PEF - Faculty of Education
FŠ - Faculty of Sport
Publication status:Published
Publication version:Version of Record
Number of pages:13 str.
Numbering:Vol. 18, iss. 17, art. 9148
PID:20.500.12556/RUL-145807 This link opens in a new window
UDC:796.035: 611.711
ISSN on article:1660-4601
DOI:10.3390/ijerph18179148 This link opens in a new window
COBISS.SI-ID:74603779 This link opens in a new window
Publication date in RUL:15.05.2023
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Title:International journal of environmental research and public health
Shortened title:Int. j. environ. res. public health
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License:CC BY 4.0, Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International
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Keywords:športna aktivnost, kvaliteta življenja, hrbtenjača, rane in poškodbe


Funder:ARRS - Agencija za raziskovalno dejavnost Republike Slovenije
Project number:P5-0142
Name:Bio-psiho-socialni konteksti kineziologije

Funder:ARRS - Agencija za raziskovalno dejavnost Republike Slovenije
Project number:P5-0147
Name:Kineziologija monostrukturnih, polistrukturnih in konvencionalnih športov

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