This study aimed to quantitatively, qualitatively, and visually analyze, describe, evaluate, and identify trends of the published scholarly documents on physical activity/exercise in epilepsy.
Scopus database was systematically searched using the keywords relevant to “exercise” and “epilepsy”. The Bibliometrix R-Tool was used to quantify, analyze, visualize, and describe the data set of the scholarly documents identified through the systematic search. Data collected from the retrieved documents were synthesized qualitatively.
Search of the database resulted in 182 scholarly documents reporting on physical activity/exercise in epilepsy. The scholarly documents were obtained from 93 indexed sources, authored by 516 researchers, indexed by 1311 keywords, and cited 4648 references. Epilepsy and Behavior was the fastest growing source for documents on physical exercise in epilepsy and the Universidade Federal De So Paulo in Brazil was the most productive institution in the field. Thematic analysis showed that epilepsy and physical exercise were basic themes, quality of life and depression were motor themes, and yoga was a niche theme. Quality of life and sport were trendy topics after the year 2015. A total of 14 barriers and 2 promoters of physical activity/exercise were qualitatively synthesized.
Findings of this analysis might be helpful to librarians, institutions, and professionals interested in the field of physical activity/exercise in epilepsy. Researchers might be informed of collaboration opportunities, trendy topics, and emerging themes in the field.