Pediatr Phys Ther
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Purpose: The primary purposes were to describe: 1) the types of exercise participation of adolescents with cerebral palsy (CP), 2) the weekly duration of stretching, strengthening, and cardiovascular exercise, and 3) how the level of activity compares to national health guidelines.
Methods: Participants were 126 males and 104 females (14.7, SD =1.7 years) who reported on the physical activities in the previous week using a questionnaire designed for this study. Analyses comprised frequency counts and proportions, stacked bar graphs and 2-way ANOVAs of exercise participation by GMFCS and gender.
Results: There was a significant interaction of GMFCS level and gender for stretching; females stretched more than males. A significant main effect of GMFCS level was detected for “light” and “moderate” exercise. An average of 9.4 and 11.4% of our sample participated in weekly levels of “moderate” and “vigorous” exercise, respectively.
Conclusions: Pediatric physical therapists should expend more effort on health promotion to increase exercise participation rates among youth with CP.