The purpose of this study was to examine whether exercise buffers the adverse effects on well-being among individuals with spinal cord injury (SCI). Twenty-three individuals with traumatic SCI completed assessments of stress and well-being at the 0.3 and 6-month time points of an exercise randomized controlled trial. Separate Pearson correlation analyses were conducted for the exercise (n=13) and the control (n = 10) groups. At baseline, there was a significant association between stress and well-being for both conditions (p<.05). At the later assessment points, this association was not significant for the exercise group (p>.05) but was for individuals in the control group. These findings provide preliminary support the role of exercise in buffering the effects of stress on well-being and highlight the importance of exercise for people with SCI.
Author A. E. Latimer, K. A. Martin Ginis, A. L. Hicks
Volume Vol 39, No 2 (2005)