Pregnant Soldiers’ Participation in Physical Training: A Descriptive Study
Authors: Kwolek, Laurie A.; Berry-Cabán, Cristóbal S.; Thomas, Sean F.
Source: Military Medicine, Volume 176, Number 8, August 2011 , pp. 926-931(6)
This study identifies factors that influence U.S. Army soldiers’ participation in the Pregnant Soldiers Wellness Program (PSWP), an exercise and wellness education program for soldiers who are either pregnant or in the postpartum period. A retrospective survey was administered prior to initial postpartum hospital discharge. Seventy-four soldiers who delivered babies at Womack Army Medical Center participated in this study. Of those surveyed, 66.2% of respondents participated in the PSWP, 59.5% were encouraged to participate by their provider. Few participants stated that the overall safety, structure, and quality of the PSWP were important factors contributing to their participation. Additionally, less than 20% reported that instructor’s knowledge influenced their decision to participate in the PSWP. Most soldiers participated in the program for the health of their fetus and to quickly return to required Army weight standards. This study offers insights that will potentially increase the overall soldier participation rate in the PSWP, thus promoting greater health benefits for the pregnant soldier and increasing sustainment of force readiness.
Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: 2011-08-01
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