We are research members of the School of Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation Science of the University of Birmingham and we are exploring the promotion of exercise among disabled people, in particular those who are currently not doing any exercise but who would like to become active.
Exercise can provide many physical and mental benefits, regardless whether one is disabled or not. Arguably, exercise is even more important for people with disabilities as it may help with their daily living.
Unfortunately, many disabled people experience barriers to becoming physically active, such as not knowing what adapted activities they could do or where to find them. This is where we hope to make a difference. Through our research, we hope to identify strategies that can successfully help promote exercise among disabled people and in turn improve their physical and even mental health.
This research is funded by the English Federation of Disability Sport and led by Professor Brett Smith, in collaboration with Dr Eva Jaarsma.
In order to help us make a difference in the lives of your members, we first need your support in helping us recruit participants for this study.
As part of this study, every participant will be entitled to:
- A 30 week exercise program where we will provide information and strategies to help them start exercising. We will also ask the participant to fill out questionnaires in week 1, 12 and 30, which will take approximately 15 minutes to complete.
- A face-to-face interview of approximately 30 minutes (at your preferred location) where we will discuss your experiences of the exercise program and how it can be improved.
The time commitment for each member is minimal considering the amount of benefit they may eventually receive and we thus hope that you will be able to put us in touch with your members if you think they may be interested in being part of this meaningful study.
With regards to the type of participants we wish to recruit, we are interested in adults (18 years or above) who associate themselves with one of the following disability groups:
- Visual impairment
- Hearing impairment
- Cerebral Palsy
- Restricted growth
As compensation, every participant will be eligible for travel expenses as well as £30 in cash upon completion of the 30 week program. The project is for people from all over the UK, with group sessions offered in Birmingham, Bath, London and Manchester.
We hope you would be willing to help us with recruiting participants for this project and allow us to get in touch with your members.
Please read this participation information sheet for more details.