TITLE

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

AUTHOR(S)
Shields, Nora; Dodd, Karen J.; Abblitt, Casey
PUB. DATE
October 2009
SOURCE
Adapted Physical Activity Quarterly;Oct2009, Vol. 26 Issue 4, p307
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
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.
ACCESSION #
49036040

 

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