An app with an exercise programme for people with ankylosing spondylitis (AS).
What does the app do?
This app provides a range of exercises for people with ankylosing spondylitis (AS) such as mobility, cardiovascular, strength, flexibility and breathing exercises. It also contains safety tips and other practical sorts of information such as neutral spine and posture, choosing a gym ball, and a suggested exercise diary. The app provides a brief summary of the suitability of various exercise types for people with AS. For a more detailed description of the app, see App website or iTunes and for a detailed review, see Reviews.
- Clear instructions, photos and videos
- Links to other sites for information
- Includes information for both gym instructors and people with ankylosing spondylitis
- No diary function or reminders
- No links to New Zealand specific web sites
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Date of review: August 2016
Platform reviewed: Android
App version: 1.13
Download size: 20 MB
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Reviewer: Rebecca Grainger, Rheumatologist, University of Otago and Hutt Valley DHB
Date of review: July 2016
Comments: This app is most useful for people with ankylosing spondylitis wishing to increase their physical activity. Users may experience the benefit of a comprehensive set of exercises designed specifically for people with ankylsoing spondylitis including mobility, strength, cardiovascular, stretching and breathing. Gives reviews of other exercise types/classes and information to share with gym personnel.
Safety concerns: None. The app gives adequate advice about seeking medical opinion before commencing an exercise programme and keeping safe while exercising.
New Zealand relevance: Links to other websites not New Zealand-based.
The formal app review is based on the Mobile App Rating Scale (MARS) developed by researchers at Queensland University of Technology, Australia.(1) It is designed to score apps on a few comprehensive dimensions — engagement, functionality, aesthetics, and information quality. Each dimension comprises several items which are rated on a 5-point scale from “1. Inadequate” to “5. Excellent”. Read more about the MARS scale.
The mean score is the mean of two independent reviewers' ratings:
|Engagement (5 items)
|Functionality (4 items)
|Aesthetics (3 items)
|Information (7 items)
|App quality mean Score
- Stoyanov SR, Hides L, Kavanagh DJ, et al. Mobile app rating scale: a new tool for assessing the quality of health mobile apps. JMIR Mhealth Uhealth. 2015 Mar 11;3(1):e27. doi: 10.2196/mhealth.3422.