Benefits of Exercise for the Quality of Life of Drug-Dependent Patients

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Título: Benefits of Exercise for the Quality of Life of Drug-Dependent Patients
Autor/es: Giménez-Meseguer, Jorge | Tortosa Martínez, Juan | Fernández-Valenciano, María de los Remedios
Grupo/s de investigación o GITE: Research in Physical Education, Fitness and Performance (RIPEFAP)
Centro, Departamento o Servicio: Universidad de Alicante. Departamento de Didáctica General y Didácticas Específicas
Palabras clave: Drug abuse | Mixed methods | Physical activity | Quality of life | Recovery process
Área/s de conocimiento: Educación Física y Deportiva
Fecha de publicación: 23-nov-2015
Editor: Routledge
Cita bibliográfica: Journal of Psychoactive Drugs. 2015, 47(5): 409-416. doi:10.1080/02791072.2015.1102991
Resumen: This study combined quantitative and qualitative research methods to evaluate quality-of-life changes in drug-dependent patients after participation in a group-based exercise program. Quality of life (SF-36) and physical fitness (six-minute Walk Test, Timed Get Up and Go Test, and Chair Stand Test) were quantitatively determined in a group (n = 37) of drug-dependent patients before and after a 12-week group exercise program (n = 18) or routine care (n = 19). Additionally, in-depth interviews were conducted at the end of the program with a subsample of 11 participants from the exercise group. Quantitative results showed improvements in fitness and different aspects of quality of life, such as physical function, mental health, vitality, social function, and general health perception. Qualitative results showed specific physical benefits (decreased injuries and muscle pain, decreased weight, and increased vitality with improvement in activities of daily living), psychological benefits (forgetting about everyday problems, improved mood, decreased stress and anxiety), social benefits, and a reduction in craving. The results of this study provide insight into the importance of exercise for the quality of life and recovery process of drug-dependent patients.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10045/58455
ISSN: 0279-1072 (Print) | 2159-9777 (Online)
DOI: 10.1080/02791072.2015.1102991
Idioma: eng
Tipo: info:eu-repo/semantics/article
Derechos: © Taylor & Francis Group, LLC
Revisión científica: si
Versión del editor: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/02791072.2015.1102991
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