Journal article

Feasibility of scaling-up a community-based exercise program for young people with disability

Nora Shields, Claire Willis, Christine Imms, Georgia McKenzie, Ben van Dorsselaer, Andrea M Bruder, Rachel A Kennedy, Yeshna Bhowon, Alesha Southby, Luke A Prendergast, Jennifer J Watts, Nicholas F Taylor

Disability and Rehabilitation | TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD | Published : 2021


PURPOSE: To evaluate feasibility of scaling up a 12-week community-based exercise program (FitSkills) in which young people with disability exercise with a student mentor. METHOD: Within a stepped wedge cluster randomised trial, seven domains of feasibility were assessed: demand, implementation, acceptability, practicality, adaptation, integration, and expansion. RESULTS: Of the 163 participants with disability (61 females; 20.8 ± 5 y) and 226 mentors who enrolled, 123 participants and mentors completed FitSkills. Population demand was estimated at 9% of members of participating organisations. Most participants (76%) completed the twice-weekly program within 12 weeks, attending 79% of sessio..

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Awarded by Australian National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) partnership project

Funding Acknowledgements

This work was supported by an Australian National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) partnership project grant [ID 1132579]. The project also received financial and substantial inkind support from each of our seven partners: Victorian Department of Health and Human Services, City of Boroondara, Cerebral Palsy Support Network, Down Syndrome Victoria, Disability Sport and Recreation, YMCA Victoria, and Joanne Tubb Foundation.