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Intellect Dev Disabil. 2012 Apr;50(2):109-19. doi: 10.1352/1934-9556-50.2.109.

Physical activity patterns of youth with Down syndrome.

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Department of Kinesiology, Texas Christian University, Fort Worth, TX 76129, USA.


The purpose of this study was to examine the physical activity patterns of children with Down syndrome. A cross-sectional approach and accelerometry were used to measure the time children with Down syndrome (N = 104) spent in sedentary, light, and moderate-to-vigorous physical activity. Results indicated that adolescents from ages 14 to 15 years were the most sedentary and spent the least amount of time in light and moderate-to-vigorous physical activity. A general trend of decreasing physical activity as children increase in age was found. This trend is similar to that found among typically developing youth. Participants in this study were found to spend a majority of their day engaged in sedentary activities. Results indicate that most participants were not accumulating the recommended 60 minutes of moderate or vigorous physical activity.

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