This paper is based on a collaboration between Chair of Sport Psychology members Julia Schüler and Wanja Wolff and Prof. Christian Dettmers (Kliniken Schmieder, Konstanz). The aim of our collaboration, which encompasses several studies, is to use an interdisciplinary approach to better understand, predict and change exercise behavior of neurorehabilitation patients.
In this specific paper we address the phenomenon that patients with multiple sclerosis (MS) would benefit from physical exercise – and this fact is known by most therapists and patients - but MS patients still display low levels of physical activity. Adopting a physically active lifestyle might be more challenging for MS patients, as many suffer from fatigue and exercising in the face of high fatigue places substantial self-control demands on patients. We recommend that therapists of MS patients should draw on findings from psychological research to better address processes of intention formation and intention realization, as these processes might play a crucial role in a patients’ successful adoption of a more active lifestyle.
Full bibliographic information of the publication: Schüler, J., Wolff, W. & Dettmers, C. (2019). Exercise in Multiple Sclerosis: Knowing is not enough - The crucial role of intention formation and intention realization, Neurology and Therapy. https://doi.org/10.1007/s40120-019-0136-1