Do Children With Down Syndrome Perform Sufficient Physical Activity to Maintain Good Health? A Pilot Study

Shields, Nora; Dodd, Karen J.; Abblitt, Casey
October 2009
Adapted Physical Activity Quarterly;Oct2009, Vol. 26 Issue 4, p307
Academic Journal
Our pilot study investigated if children with Down syndrome engaged in the recommended 60 min of moderate to vigorous physical activity (MVPA) every day. Twenty-three children with Down syndrome (7 girls, 16 boys; mean age 11.7 years, SD = 3.1) wore a triaxial accelerometer for 7 consecutive days to measure their activity levels. The average daily MVPA undertaken was 104.5 min (SD = 35.3 min). Only 8 of 19 children (42.1%) completed at least 60 min of MVPA each day. Lower amounts of activity were associated with older children (r = -.67, p < .01). Parents, teachers, and health professionals need to encourage children with Down syndrome to take part in more frequent MVPA.


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