Physical actvity in children and adolescents with Cerebral Palsy living Edinburgh and the Lothians

Organisation : Queen Margaret University
Grant Amount : £ 13,642

The benefits of an active lifestyle are well known for the general population, and there is increasing evidence that the same is true for young people with Cerebral Palsy (CP). However, there is also evidence that young people with CP have lower levels of Physical Activity (PA) than their age matched peers. The proposed study aims to explore (i) current levels of PA (ii) intentions towards increasing levels of habitual PA in the near future and (ii) the potential barriers and facilitators to engaging in PA in 11-18 year old people with CP living in Edinburgh and the Lothians through surveys and focus groups The results from this study will help to decide whether future interventions addressing modifiable barriers and facilitators to PA participation are warranted and if so whether, and how, the content of such interventions may vary according to variables such as age and PA beliefs.