Fundamental movement skills and physical activity among children with and without cerebral palsy

Capio, Catherine M., Sit, Cindy H. P., Abernethy, Bruce and Masters, Rich S. W. (2012) Fundamental movement skills and physical activity among children with and without cerebral palsy. Research in Developmental Disabilities, 33 4: 1235-1241. doi:10.1016/j.ridd.2012.02.020

Author Capio, Catherine M.
Sit, Cindy H. P.
Abernethy, Bruce
Masters, Rich S. W.
Title Fundamental movement skills and physical activity among children with and without cerebral palsy
Journal name Research in Developmental Disabilities   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0891-4222
Publication date 2012-07
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.ridd.2012.02.020
Volume 33
Issue 4
Start page 1235
End page 1241
Total pages 7
Place of publication Oxford, United Kingdom
Publisher Pergamon
Collection year 2013
Language eng
Abstract Fundamental movement skills (FMS) proficiency is believed to influence children's physical activity (PA), with those more proficient tending to be more active. Children with cerebral palsy (CP), who represent the largest diagnostic group treated in pediatric rehabilitation, have been found to be less active than typically developing children. This study examined the association of FMS proficiency with PA in a group of children with CP, and compared the data with a group of typically developing children. Five FMS (run, jump, kick, throw, catch) were tested using process- and product-oriented measures, and accelerometers were used to monitor PA over a 7-day period. The results showed that children with CP spent less time in moderate to vigorous physical activity (MVPA), but more time in sedentary behavior than typically developing children. FMS proficiency was negatively associated with sedentary time and positively associated with time spent in MVPA in both groups of children. Process-oriented FMS measures (movement patterns) were found to have a stronger influence on PA in children with CP than in typically developing children. The findings provide evidence that FMS proficiency facilitates activity accrual among children with CP, suggesting that rehabilitation and physical education programs that support FMS development may contribute to PA-related health benefits.
Keyword Locomotor skills
Object control skills
Physical activity
Sedentary behavior
Cerebral palsy
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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