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ERIC Number: EJ858411
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Oct
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 51
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0736-5829
Do Children with down Syndrome Perform Sufficient Physical Activity to Maintain Good Health? A Pilot Study
Shields, Nora; Dodd, Karen J.; Abblitt, Casey
Adapted Physical Activity Quarterly, v26 n4 p307-320 Oct 2009
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 = -0.67, p less than 0.01). Parents, teachers, and health professionals need to encourage children with Down syndrome to take part in more frequent MVPA. (Contains 1 table and 2 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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