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Strength & Conditioning Journal:
doi: 10.1519/SSC.0b013e318285618c
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The Role of the Pediatric Exercise Specialist in Treating Exercise Deficit Disorder in Youth

Faigenbaum, Avery D. EdD, CSCS1; Lloyd, Rhodri S. PhD, CSCS*D2; Sheehan, Damien CSCS3; Myer, Gregory D. PhD, CSCS4,5,6

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Abstract

ABSTRACT: ALTHOUGH THE HEALTH BENEFITS OF REGULAR EXERCISE FOR CHILDREN AND ADOLESCENTS ARE EXTENSIVE, MOST YOUTH FAIL TO MEET CURRENT RECOMMENDATIONS FOR DAILY PHYSICAL ACTIVITY. SPECIFICALLY, AN INCREASING NUMBER OF YOUTH DEMONSTRATE SYMPTOMS OF EXERCISE DEFICIT DISORDER DURING THE GROWING YEARS, WHICH CAN LEAD TO A PROGRESSION OF PATHOLOGICAL PROCESSES. ALTHOUGH THE CRITICAL IMPORTANCE OF THIS PUBLIC HEALTH CONCERN HAS YET TO GARNER THE RECOGNITION TO SUPPORT HEALTH CARE REFORM, PHYSICAL INACTIVITY SHOULD BE IDENTIFIED EARLY IN LIFE AND YOUNG PATIENTS SHOULD BE REFERRED TO A PEDIATRIC EXERCISE SPECIALIST FOR PREVENTATIVE CARE.

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