TableĀ 3

Major themes from interviews

Major themesSubtheme
Role of exercise prior to diagnosisSocial outlet, stress relief, maintain fitness, manage other health conditions, enjoyment, epinephrine rush
Role of exercise after diagnosisMinimal/not enough, solely health maintenance
Impact of exercise restrictionsNegative initial emotions, physical changes, self-confidence change, long-term negative emotions, limited positive outcomes
Coping strategiesMaladaptive: avoiding exercise, new exercise, return to old athletics
Adaptive: education, new athletics/pastimes
Support networkHealthcare providers: education Friends/family: participating in modified exercise together