Buffering the Effects of Stress on Well-Being Among Individuals with Spinal Cord Injury: A Potential Role for Exercise


  • A. E. Latimer
  • K. A. Martin Ginis
  • A. L. Hicks


Spinal Cord Injury, Exercise, Stress, Well-being


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.





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