Exercise and women with disabilities

July 2nd, 2009  |  Published in Stumpblog  |  4 Comments

New study out for any of you interested in women and disabilities:

Rolfe, Danielle, et al. “Negotiating Participation: How Women Living With Disabilities Address Barriers to Exercise.” Health Care for Women International 30, no.8 (August 2009): 743 – 766.


Exercise participation among women living with disabilities can be limited as a result of pain, decreased muscle strength, and limited mobility. More “disabling” than these symptoms, however, is a lack of accessible exercise facilities in women’s communities. Our study explores how material and social structures and functions existing and operating within women’s communities and at community-based exercise facilities affect their participation. Interviews with 15 women living with disabilities were conducted and qualitatively analyzed. Participants discuss the benefits of their exercise participation, in addition to how they experience and negotiate structural and attitudinal barriers within community-based facilities.


  1. Katja says:

    July 3rd, 2009at 3:48 pm(#)

    Thanks for posting this! This link might work better: http://www.informaworld.com/smpp/content~content=a912882371~db=all

  2. Katja says:

    July 5th, 2009at 3:39 pm(#)

    This study comes to the blindingly obvious conclusion that it’s good for women with disabilities to exercise, but that it may be difficult for them to avail themselves of exercise resources in their communities due to lack of affordable and accessible transportation, lack of accessible facilities, and the attitude and lack of education amongst fitness personnel.

    Nothing new here.

  3. Martin says:

    October 29th, 2009at 12:33 pm(#)

    Ms Krista, I’m fumbling my way toward a sideline as a trainer. My only client is a woman with mild cerebral palsy. In my eyes she makes the rest of the training globo gym world look like petulant children. I wouldn’t have the progress I have had with her without the leadership you’ve shown over the years.

  4. Mistress Krista says:

    October 30th, 2009at 2:02 am(#)


    ROCK ON. That is awesome!! I’d love to feature your client on our site if she would be so inclined…

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