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Pediatric Physical Therapy:
doi: 10.1097/PEP.0b013e3182a6b6ea
Research Article

Relationship Between Participation in Leisure Time Physical Activities and Aerobic Fitness in Children With DCD

Oudenampsen, Chantal MSc; Holty, Lian PT; Stuive, Ilse PhD; van der Hoek, Frouwien PT; Reinders-Messelink, Heleen PhD; Schoemaker, Marina PhD; Kottink, Anke PhD; van Weert, Ellen PhD; Buurke, Jaap PhD

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Abstract

Purpose:

(1) To explore participation in leisure time physical activities (LTPAs) in children with developmental coordination disorder (DCD) compared with children developing typically. (2) To examine the association between participation in LTPA and aerobic fitness.

Methods:

Thirty-eight children with DCD (aged 7–12 years) were age and gender matched with 38 children developing typically. Participation in LTPA was self-administered by using an activity questionnaire, and aerobic fitness was estimated using a Shuttle Run Test.

Results:

Children with DCD spent significantly less time in overall, nonorganized, and vigorous LTPA compared with children developing typically. Aerobic fitness was significantly lower for children with DCD. The best model, including age, group, and overall LTPA, explained 46.2% of the variance in aerobic fitness.

Conclusions:

Suitable physical activities should be fostered in children with DCD, who have a low participation rate and aerobic fitness level.

© 2013 Wolters Kluwer Health | Lippincott Williams & Wilkins and Section on Pediatrics of the American Physical Therapy Association

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