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Exercise and Sport Habits in Children and Adolescents With Cystic Fibrosis FREE TO VIEW

Solo Karas, PT
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General Hospital of Milan, Milan, Italy

Chest. 2013;144(4_MeetingAbstracts):781A. doi:10.1378/chest.1702970
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SESSION TITLE: Pediatric Pulmonary Posters

SESSION TYPE: Original Investigation Poster

PRESENTED ON: Wednesday, October 30, 2013 at 01:30 PM - 02:30 PM

PURPOSE: To assess the exercise and sport habits of patients with CF and to compare them with their healthy peers

METHODS: 71 consecutive patients with median age 12 years old (range6-18 years) (56% females) seen in the period December 2012 to January 2013 were enrolled. Information on exercise and sport activities were collected through an ad-hoc questionnaire and clinical data were extracted retrospectively from clinical records (mean values of FEV1 over the last year were extrapolated). Values mean± SD if not reported differently.

RESULTS: Median FEV1 was 96.38 % pred. and median BMI percentile 51.9 (IQR 29.4). Analysis of the questionnaire revealed that 63 patients (88%) used to practice extra-curricular exercise-sport activity with the following breakdown: frequency of 2.33±1.15/week, 95.4± 53.5 min/session for 8.5±2.2 months during the previous year. The most frequent sports were swimming (34%), gymnastics (8%) and dance (8%). Minutes of extra-curricular physical activity were not associated with FEV1 (p=.98). Further analysis of the 11-17 years old subpopulation (n=39) showed that patients spend the same amount of time in exercise-sport as reported in their healthy peers (86.6% versus 71.1% p=.14) (5).

CONCLUSIONS: The majority of the CF patients enrolled in this study practise regular exercise and sport activity. Youngsters (11-17 years) seem to spend the same amount of time in exercise- sport activities as their healthy peers, a positive outcome considering the burden of the disease and possible concomitant functional limitations.

CLINICAL IMPLICATIONS: An adequate assessment of the exercise and sport habits is a useful measure of the impact the disease is having on the patient, identifying functional limitations and providing guidance for safe and effective prescription. The assessment of the actual habits is a prerequisite for adequate educational interventions.

DISCLOSURE: The following authors have nothing to disclose: Solo Karas

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