Australian National Physical Activity Survey For Spinal Cord Injury (ANPAS-SCI)

Summary

This project is a cluster of research studies around the planned Australian National Physical Activity Survey for Spinal Cord Injury (ANPAS-SCI) forth-coming in 2019-2022.

Supervisor(s)

Professor Glen Davis

Research Location

Exercise, Health and Performance Research Group

Program Type

Masters/PHD

Synopsis

Additional supervisor(s): Professor James Middleton, Dr Camila Oliviera UTS), Dr Mohit Aurora.

Using a mixed-models research design, the ANPAS-SCI project will undertake several linked studies to “benchmark” the current physical activity levels of wheelchair users of SCI aetiology.  The project will use a pre-planned stratified design, with controls on age, gender, lesion level and INSSCI grade in 300+ people with SCI living in the community in Australia.   Data collection under the mixed-methods project might include:

  • The PARA-SCI Survey for assessing current physical activity levels in persons with spinal cord injury
  • The B-PADS barriers to physical activity survey for people with disabilities
  • The Moorong Self-Efficacy Scale for wheelchair users
  • Other ‘predictor’ questionnaires of physical activity in SCI wheelchair users
  • A body worn physical activity lifestyle monitor, adapted for wheelchair uses
  • Double-labelled water analysis of daily energy expenditure and physical activity energy expenditure
Qualitative 1-1 and focus-group interviews with “saturation of themes” around adoption (or non-adoption) of physical activity

Additional Information

Scholarships are not available from the research team, however may be applied for

Possible PhD Topics:

  • The PARA-SCI Survey for assessing current physical activity levels in persons with spinal cord injury and the B-PADS barriers to physical activity survey for people with disabilities
  • The Moorong Self-Efficacy Scale  and other ‘predictor’ questionnaires of physical activity in SCI wheelchair users
  • A body worn physical activity lifestyle monitor, adapted for wheelchair uses, versus double-labelled water analysis of daily energy expenditure and physical activity energy expenditure
  • Qualitative 1-1 and focus-group interviews with “saturation of themes” around adoption (or non-adoption) of physical activity in metropolitan, small urban, rural and remote communities
This project is open to students with health sciences, medical, biochemistry or psychology backgrounds.

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Keywords

Spinal Cord Injury, physical activity, exercise, exercise training, barriers to exercise, national survey, quantitative research, Qualitative research, mixed-methods research, Neuromoves™, lifestyle analysis

Opportunity ID

The opportunity ID for this research opportunity is: 2520

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