Exercise Improves Children With Developmental Disabilities

by Savitha C Muppala on  January 2, 2009 at 6:21 PM Child Health News
RSS Email Print This Page Comment bookmark
Font : A-A+

 Exercise Improves Children With Developmental Disabilities
Children suffering developmental disabilties improve with group exercise programs according to a new study.

According to research analyzed by Connie Johnson, PT, a physical therapist with the Fairfax County Public Schools in Virginia, by doing these kinds of activities, kids with disorders such as autism, mental retardation and cerebral palsy can improve their coordination and aerobic fitness.

The researchers said that the findings are encouraging, since studies show that children with developmental disabilities tend to be less fit than their peers.

Johnson analyzed 14 studies and three other evidence reviews to determine how youth with developmental disabilities might benefit from physical activity.

The strongest evidence of benefits came from studies of group exercise, therapeutic horseback riding and treadmill workouts.

Skiing and swimming programs might also be beneficial, but the evidence from those programs was not as strong.

The review appears in the January-February issue of the American Journal of Health Promotion.

Source: ANI
SAV

Post a Comment

Comments should be on the topic and should not be abusive. The editorial team reserves the right to review and moderate the comments posted on the site.
Notify me when reply is posted
I agree to the terms and conditions

Related Links

More News on:

Height and Weight-Kids Diet Lifestyle and Heart Disease Tips to Live Longer Exercise and Fitness Lifestyle Modification: No Big Deal! Body Types and Befitting Workouts Exercise To Gain Weight Top Health Tips to Overcome Tiredness Fitness Through Density Training Program Exercise 

News A - Z

A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

News Search

Medindia Newsletters

Subscribe to our Free Newsletters!

Terms & Conditions and Privacy Policy.

Find a Doctor
Advertisement

Stay Connected

  • Available on the Android Market
  • Available on the App Store

Facebook

News Category

News Archive