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Promotion of Exercise in Multiple Sclerosis Through Health Care Providers

Motl, Robert, W.1; Barstow, Elizabeth, A.2; Blaylock, Sarah2; Richardson, Emma1; Learmonth, Yvonne, C.3; Fifolt, Matthew4

Exercise and Sport Sciences Reviews: April 2018 - Volume 46 - Issue 2 - p 105–111
doi: 10.1249/JES.0000000000000140

Participation in exercise yields meaningful benefits among persons with multiple sclerosis (MS), yet this population engages in low rates of health-promoting physical activity. The disconnect between evidence of benefits and rates of participation requires consideration of new opportunities for changing this health behavior. The current article hypothesizes that the patient-provider interaction offers a fertile opportunity for promoting exercise behavior in MS.

The interaction between patient and health care provider offers a new opportunity for exercise promotion in persons with multiple sclerosis.

Departments of 1Physical Therapy and 2Occupational Therapy, University of Alabama at Birmingham, AL; 3School of Psychology and Exercise Science, Murdoch University; and 4Department of Health Care Organization and Policy, University of Alabama at Birmingham, AL

Address for correspondence: Robert W. Motl, Ph.D., Department of Physical Therapy, University of Alabama at Birmingham, 336 SHPB, Birmingham, AL 35294 (E-mail:

Accepted for publication: October 18, 2017.

Editor: Bo Fernhall, Ph.D., FACSM.

© 2018 American College of Sports Medicine