[Physical activity in wheelchair users with spinal cord injury: prerequisites for and effects of an active lifestyle]

Ned Tijdschr Geneeskd. 2013;157(37):A6220.
[Article in Dutch]


Wheelchair users with spinal cord injury generally have a relatively inactive lifestyle. Several studies have shown that an inactive lifestyle is associated with a lower fitness level, poorer health, reduced social participation and a lower quality of life for wheelchair users. There are a number of ways in which wheelchair users can remain active in daily life, for instance, by using a wheelchair or handbike for mobility instead of taking the car, and by participating in sports or wheelchair sports. Some prerequisites should be met to enable wheelchair users to have a more active lifestyle: the wheelchair should be optimally adjusted and the everyday environment, including sport facilities, should be easily accessible. An active lifestyle often also requires a change in attitude or behaviour. General practitioners, other primary healthcare providers and rehabilitation professionals can help in this respect.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Attitude to Health
  • Exercise / physiology*
  • Exercise / psychology
  • Humans
  • Life Style
  • Physical Fitness / physiology*
  • Physical Fitness / psychology
  • Spinal Cord Injuries / complications*
  • Spinal Cord Injuries / rehabilitation
  • Sports
  • Wheelchairs*