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Commentary on: Smith-Marek EN, Baptist J, Lasley C, et al. “I don’t like being that hyperaware of my body”: Women survivors of sexual violence and their experience of exercise. Qual Health Res 2018;28:1692–707. doi: 10.1177/1049732318786482.
Implications for both practice and research
The type of exercise that each individual feels comfortable in doing, the stage of recovery and the level of safety one feels at should be established before promoting exercise and yoga for survivors of sexual violence (SV).
Further research including the use of randomised controlled trials is needed in order to make conclusive assertions regarding the benefits of exercise and yoga for survivors of SV.
Survivors of SV are confronted by trauma-related consequences including fear, anxiety, depression and post-traumatic stress disorder. There has been a growth in the promotion of non-pharmacological (NP) …
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