Skip to main content
Article
Perceptions towards aqua-based exercise among older adults with osteoarthritis who have discontinued participation in this exercise mode
Australasian Journal on Ageing
  • Alison Fisken, Auckland University of Technology
  • Deborah L Waters, University of Otago
  • Wayne Hing, Bond University
  • Justin Keogh, Bond University
Date of this Version
11-29-2015
Document Type
Journal Article
Publication Details

Citation only

Fisken, A.L., Waters, D.L., Hing, W.A., Keogh, J.W. (2015, online). Perceptions towards aqua-based exercise among older adults with osteoarthritis who have discontinued participation in this exercise mode. Australasian Journal on Ageing.

Access the journal

2015 HERDC submission

© Copyright, 2015 AJA Inc.

Abstract

Aim

This study aimed to investigate reasons for ceasing participation in aqua-based exercise among older adults with osteoarthritis (OA).

Methods

Eleven adults over 60 years of age with OA participated in one of two focus groups, during which they discussed barriers to aqua-based exercise and the potential benefits of this exercise mode. Each focus group was audiotaped, transcribed and then analysed using the general inductive thematic approach. The investigators reached a consensus on all coding categories and then identified themes.

Results

Key barriers identified were: a lack of suitable classes; insufficient instructor knowledge, which often led to increased pain; cold water and the changing facilities. Key perceived benefits included increased physical ability in water and social interaction.

Conclusions

A greater understanding of reasons for ceasing participation in aqua-based exercise among older adults with OA may help facilitate development of suitable exercise programs that minimise barriers for this group.

Citation Information
Alison Fisken, Deborah L Waters, Wayne Hing and Justin Keogh. "Perceptions towards aqua-based exercise among older adults with osteoarthritis who have discontinued participation in this exercise mode" Australasian Journal on Ageing (2015) ISSN: 1741-6612
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/justin_keogh/91/