Friday June 1, 2018 — 1:00-2:00 pm
Keynote Address: Dr. Kathleen Martin Ginis, Ph.D., O.M.C.
Topic: Promoting Physical Activity After Spinal Cord Injury: From Guidelines to Practice
Dr. Kathleen Martin Ginis is the Reichwald Family Chair in Preventive Medicine at University of British Columbia’s Southern Medical Program. She is also a UBC Distinguished University Scholar, Professor in the School of Health and Exercise Sciences, and an ICORD Principal Investigator. Dr. Martin Ginis completed her B.Sc. in Psychology at the University of Toronto, her PhD in Kinesiology at the University of Waterloo, and a postdoctoral fellowship at Wake Forest University.
Her research program focuses on physical activity behaviour change, and the psychosocial consequences of physical activity participation. She has a particular interest in spinal cord injury and established the SCI Action Canada partnership in 2007 to advance physical activity participation research and knowledge translation for people with SCI.
Dr. Martin Ginis has received over $11 million in research funding. She currently holds a $2.6M SSHRC Partnership Grant to study social participation among people with physical disabilities (The Canadian Disability Participation Project www.cdpp.ca). She has published over 250 peer-reviewed research articles and book chapters.
Her research frequently appears in the media and has been featured on CBC’s Quirks & Quarks, and in “O” The Oprah Magazine, Men’s Health & Fitness, and Shape Magazine, among others.
Over the past two decades, researchers have provided growing evidence of the physical, psychological and social benefits of physical activity for adults with spinal cord injury (SCI). Yet, due to profound personal and environmental barriers to participation, people with SCI do far less physical activity than the general population and other disability groups. Indeed, it is estimated that 50% of Canadians living with SCI do not participate in any leisure time physical activity whatsoever. And, of those who are active, many struggle to maintain a long-term, physically active lifestyle.
In this presentation, a knowledge translation framework is applied to provide an overview of physical activity-promoting strategies that have been used in the SCI population. Emphasis is placed on: (1) the communication of physical activity information, particularly the new International SCI Exercise Guidelines; (2) the use of physical activity behaviour change strategies, such as action planning and self-monitoring; (3) information and intervention delivery strategies such as peer mentorship and behavioural counseling; (4) the need for a multi-sectoral approach to address physical activity barriers faced by people living with SCI. The talk will conclude with a set of practical tips that can be used to communicate and motivate physical activity behaviour change in clinical practice settings.