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NCHPAD - Building Healthy Inclusive Communities

Introduction


Though multiple sclerosis can be a challenging health condition both physically and psychologically, research has shown that a person's level of physical fitness, psychological disposition and general quality of life can improve with regular physical activity, strength training, and flexibility exercises. As Johnson says, despite ongoing hopes for a cure for multiple sclerosis, "exercise is universally available and can be readily designed for virtually any level of neurological disability" (1996). This paper will discuss (II) the pathology of multiple sclerosis, (III) current research and practice on physical activity and multiple sclerosis, and (IV) components in designing an exercise plan for a participant with multiple sclerosis.

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