Physical Therapy Publications

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

1-1-2010

Journal

Pediatr Phys Ther

Volume

22

Issue

2

First Page

180

Last Page

187

URL with Digital Object Identifier

https://doi.org/10.1097/PEP.0b013e3181db8aaa

Abstract

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.

Notes

This is not the final published version. The published version of this paper can be found at https://doi.org/10.1097/PEP.0b013e3181db8aaa in the Pediatric Physical Therapy Journal.

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