Physical Activity Survey


Do you have Multiple Sclerosis?

Are you aged over 18 years?


Are you interested in helping us to examine the factors that are associated with physical activity levels among people with MS?

MS researchers at the University of Limerick (MS Research Team, School of Allied Health and Department of Psychology) in collaboration with the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, USA and University Hospital Hamburg, Germany and the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Ireland have launched a new research study. The aim of this study is to look closely at the various factors that are associated with different levels of physical activity and exercise among people with MS. This information, in turn will be used to develop new improved exercise programmes for people with MS. This survey will be completed by people with MS in Ireland, Germany, USA, UK and Norway. We will analyse the Irish data at UL, and we will share anonymised data with our international researchers to enable pooling of data and investigation of differences across countries. 


What is involved?

We are inviting people with MS, that over 18 years of age, who “fit into” all levels of physical activity to take part. So you do not have to be a physically active person to take part. Also, there are no restrictions in terms of mobility. So you do not have to be able to walk to take part in this study. If you chose to take part, you will be invited to complete an online survey. Completion of this survey will take approximately 40 minutes so it is important that you set aside enough time to complete the survey fully. The survey will ask about your physical activity levels, in addition to other important details, such as mood, your confidence about exercising, how you plan your exercise sessions and set exercise goals for yourself. All information collected will be anonymous and participants’ records will be saved in password protected, limited access computer files. Access to the study data will be restricted to the researchers involved in the study only. Only anonymised data will be shared with our international partners. 


Who is involved?

Prof Susan Coote is the principal investigator on this study. Susan is an Associate Professor in Physiotherapy in University of Limerick and is also a member of the Health Research Institute and the  Centre for Physical Activity and Health Research at the University of Limerick. She is also the Director of the MS Research team at UL. Fintan Murphy, a second year MSc Physiotherapy student in the University of Limerick is also involved in this research project.

For access to the survey, please visit:


For more information please contact Fintan Murphy

(email: or Susan Coote