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Longitudinal Change in Physical Activity and Disability in Adults

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Objectives: To prospectively examine whether physical activity or change in physical activity increases or decreases the risk of disability later in life. Methods: Tobit regression models were used to examine the effect of physical activity at baseline and change from baseline on disability 10 and 20 years later in 6913 adults. Results: Increasing recreational physical activity was associated with reduced risk of disability whereas reducing recreational physical activity increased the risk of disability after 10 years. Conclusions: The analyses reveal a protective effect of sustained physical activity on disability among adults.


Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: 1: Associate Professor, Department of Kinesiology, Health and Sport Studies, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI, USA 2: Professor, Department of Sociology, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN, USA 3: Professor, Kinesiology, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN, USA 4: Associate Professor, Sociology, Brigham Young University, Provo, UT, USA 5: Assistant Professor, School of Nursing, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, USA.

Publication date: May 1, 2012

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