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Could a new fitness app help people with disabilities be more physically active?

Source: ncsem-em.org 23/08/2022


Researchers from Loughborough University are working with the founders of a new fitness app, created specifically for people with impairments, to test its usability and effectiveness. The Accessercise app was created by Loughborough-based Para-powerlifter, Ali Jawad, multiple world champion sailor, Sam Brearey, and Financial Times top ranked legal partner, Yulia Kyrpa.

The app includes a directory of gyms and fitness facilities ranked by users for accessibility, a social hub where users can connect with like-minded people, exercise and workout libraries tailored to different impairments, and the ability to set goals and schedule workouts so users can track their progress over time. It is being built by full cycle development firm, Tallium from Kyiv, Ukraine.

Academics will be assessing how effective the app is at improving physical activity in people with disabilities from across the UK who don’t currently meet recommended guidelines. To do this they will be conducting interviews and focus groups to examine usability, as well as a small randomised controlled trial to test effectiveness. The trial will compare people that do and do not use the app over three months, measuring whether physical activity, fitness, and psychological wellbeing improve after using the app over the trial period.



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