International Journal of Pediatrics

Fitness and Physical Activity in Children and Youth with Disabilities


Publishing date
20 Jul 2012
Status
Published
Submission deadline
02 Mar 2012

1Franciscan Hospital for Children, Research Center, Brighton, MA 02135, USA

2Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Sciences, College of Nursing and Health Professions, Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA 19102, USA

3Seattle Children's Research Institute, University of Washington, Seattle, WA 98101, USA

4Central Clinic Division, Department of Pediatrics & Child Health, The Royal Children's Hospital, School of Medicine, University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia


Fitness and Physical Activity in Children and Youth with Disabilities

Description

Over the last decade, a major shift in pediatric rehabilitation to activity-based interventions with a focus on improving fitness, physical activity, and participation for children and youth with disabilities has transpired. A catalyst for this shift is the emphasis on health promotion and disease prevention in the health care arena.

As rehabilitation intervention protocols incorporate more strategies to increase fitness, physical activity, and participation in children and youth with disabilities, it is critical to make certain that outcome measures are appropriate to examine intervention effectiveness. There has been increased research in measurement methodology to ensure the feasibility, reliability, validity, and responsiveness of fitness and physical activity measures for children and youth with disabilities, specifically cerebral palsy. It is important that pediatric rehabilitation researchers design sound intervention and measurement protocols to identify the effectiveness of activity-based interventions to improve fitness and physical activity in children and youth with disabilities. It is important that these measures are accessible and feasible for researchers (laboratory based) and clinicians (field based). Further, it is important that researchers articulate clear operational definitions of the fitness components (strength, endurance, flexibility, and body composition) and physical activity dimensions (frequency, duration, and intensity) that are being examined in the research. This special issue presents an international forum for pediatric rehabilitation researchers to present their most current research findings on fitness and physical activity intervention and measurement protocols for children and youth with disabilities. Potential topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Aerobic and anaerobic fitness interventions
  • Aerobic and anaerobic fitness measures
  • Strengthening interventions
  • Strength measures
  • Physical activity interventions
  • Physical activity measures

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Articles

  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2012
  • - Article ID 162648
  • - Editorial

Fitness and Physical Activity in Children and Youth with Disabilities

Maria A. Fragala-Pinkham | Margaret E. O'Neil | ... | Roslyn N. Boyd
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2012
  • - Article ID 976425
  • - Review Article

A Systematic Review of the Clinimetric Properties of Habitual Physical Activity Measures in Young Children with a Motor Disability

Stina Oftedal | Kristie L. Bell | ... | Roslyn N. Boyd
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2012
  • - Article ID 387280
  • - Research Article

Play and Be Happy? Leisure Participation and Quality of Life in School-Aged Children with Cerebral Palsy

Keiko Shikako-Thomas | Noémi Dahan-Oliel | ... | Annette Majnemer
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2012
  • - Article ID 329284
  • - Research Article

Accelerometry: A Feasible Method to Quantify Physical Activity in Ambulatory and Nonambulatory Adolescents with Cerebral Palsy

Jan Willem Gorter | Stephen G. Noorduyn | ... | Brian W. Timmons
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2012
  • - Article ID 541363
  • - Review Article

A Review of the Potential for Cardiometabolic Dysfunction in Youth with Spina Bifida and the Role for Physical Activity and Structured Exercise

Kevin R. Short | Dominic Frimberger
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2012
  • - Article ID 168209
  • - Research Article

Arterial Structure and Function in Ambulatory Adolescents with Cerebral Palsy Are Not Different from Healthy Controls

Audra A. Martin | Lisa M. Cotie | ... | Maureen J. MacDonald
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2012
  • - Article ID 504387
  • - Research Article

Evaluation of Functional Electrical Stimulation to Assist Cycling in Four Adolescents with Spastic Cerebral Palsy

Ann Tokay Harrington | Calum G. A. McRae | Samuel C. K. Lee
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2012
  • - Article ID 583249
  • - Research Article

Factors Influencing Physical Activity in Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs: A Pilot Study

Katie Feehan | Margaret E. O'Neil | ... | Renee Turchi
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2012
  • - Article ID 460384
  • - Research Article

Participation in Physical Activity for Children with Neurodevelopmental Disorders

Rubab G. Arim | Leanne C. Findlay | Dafna E. Kohen
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