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Physical activity in school-age children born preterm

Lowe, John, Watkins, William, Kotecha, Sarah, Edwards, Martin, Henderson, A. John and Kotecha, Sailesh 2015. Physical activity in school-age children born preterm. The Journal of Pediatrics 166 (4) , pp. 877-883. 10.1016/j.jpeds.2014.12.013

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Abstract

Objectives To compare objectively measured physical activity in 11- and 15-year-old children who were born preterm with term-born controls and related physical activity measures to lung function measures. Study design We used data from the Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children. We compared total physical activity, moderate-to-vigorous physical activity, and sedentary behavior between children born at 25-32, 33-34, 35-36, and 37-43 weeks’ gestation at ages 11 and 15 years. At age 11 years, physical activity measures were correlated with lung spirometry recorded at age 7-9 years. Results Valid physical activity data at age 11 years were available for 5025, 197, 57, and 48 children born at 37-43, 35-36, 33-34, and 25-32 weeks’ gestation, respectively. At age 15 years, valid physical activity data were available for 1829, 62, 32, and 24 children born at 37-43, 35-36, 33-34, and 25-32 weeks’ gestation. Boys were more physically active than girls at both ages. There were no differences in total physical activity, moderate-to-vigorous physical activity, or sedentary behavior in children between the different gestation groups. Physical activity at age 11 years did not correlate with spirometry measures at age 7-9 years. Conclusions Physical activity was similar for the different gestational groups and did not correlate with lung spirometry. Physical activity does not appear to be limited in preterm-born children despite lung function deficits noted in childhood.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Medicine
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
Publisher: Elsevier
ISSN: 0022-3476
Date of Acceptance: 4 December 2014
Last Modified: 13 Jun 2019 09:57
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/85980

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