Demographic correlates of physical activity in individuals with multiple sclerosis

Robert W. Motl, Erin M. Snook, Edward McAuley, Jennifer A. Scott, Marcus L. Hinkle

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Purpose. There is limited information about the demographic characteristics associated with participation in physical activity among those with multiple sclerosis (MS). Hence, the present study examined 12 demographic variables in association with physical activity in a sample of individuals with MS. Method. Participants were 196 individuals with MS from the Midwestern portion of the United States. The participants provided demographic information and then wore a pedometer for a seven-day period. Results. Analyses indicated that increasing age, use of a cane for ambulation, unemployment, and primary and secondary progressive MS were independently associated with less physical activity participation in this sample of MS patients. Conclusion. Individuals with those characteristics are likely to be inactive and in need of a targeted intervention for increasing their participation in physical activity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1301-1304
Number of pages4
JournalDisability and Rehabilitation
Issue number16
StatePublished - Aug 2007


  • Exercise
  • Lifestyle factors
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Physical activity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Rehabilitation


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