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Prevention Activities for People with Physical Disabilities

Unfortunately, persons with disabilities tend to be less physically active because in addition to their physical limitations, they face additional environmental barriers, such as access to accessible exercise equipment and accessible and affordable transportation. Low levels of physical activity and exercise may increase the chance that individuals with physical disabilities may develop certain secondary conditions, such as decubitus ulcers, diabetes, coronary heart disease and osteoporosis.  

According to the "Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (RRTC) on Spinal Cord Injury: Promoting Health and Preventing Complications through Exercise" optimal health may be achieved through a balance of satisfying intellectual, emotional, spiritual and social activities, along with practices that contribute to good physical health. These healthy physical habits can include:

  • Regular medical care, including preventive and follow-up care

  • Not smoking

  • Limiting your alcohol and caffeine intake

  • Eating a balanced diet

  • Maintaining an appropriate body weight for your height and age

  • Getting regular physical exercise as allowed by your disability.

For more information on prevention activities for people with physical disabilities, please contact the following resources:

 

Last Revised:  April 18, 2013