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Accelerometer and survey assessed physical activity in children with epilepsy: A case-controlled study

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posted on 2024-07-02, 15:45 authored by Joan Idowu, Natalie PearsonNatalie Pearson, Collette Meades, J Helen Cross, Amy Muggeridge, Monica Lakhanpaul, Kerry Robinson, Lauren SherarLauren Sherar, Colin Reilly

Purpose: Anecdotal evidence suggests that children with epilepsy (CWE) are limited in the frequency of their daily physical activity (PA). However, there is limited research utilizing device-based measures of PA. We compared levels of PA and sedentary behavior in CWE (11–15 y) and age- and gender-matched healthy controls. 

Method: Participants (n = 60 CWE [25 males, 35 females] and n = 49 controls [25 males, 24 females]) wore a Actigraph accelerometer (GT3X or GT3X+) for 7 consecutive days during waking hours and self-reported their PA and sedentary behaviors. CWE were compared with control children on time spent in different intensities of PA and on self-reported PA and sedentary behavior. Factors associated with PA were analyzed using linear regression. 

Results: CWE spent less time in accelerometer assessed light (189.15 vs 215.01 min/d, P < .05) and vigorous PA (35.14 vs 44.28 min/d, P < .05) on weekdays compared with controls. There were no significant differences between CWE and control participants in accelerometer assessed time spent sedentary or time spent in PA on weekends. Among CWE, older children engaged in more reported sedentary behavior and younger children spent more time in most domains of PA (P < .05). Furthermore, CWE reported less PA than controls (P = .006). Sixteen percent of controls met World Health Organization PA guidelines compared with 10% of CWE. There was a positive relationship between accelerometer assessed PA and quality of life for CWE. 

Conclusion: CWE spent less time in light and moderate to vigorous PA on weekdays. Further research is needed to understand reasons for these differences.

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Small items of research equipment at Loughborough University

Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council

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  • Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences

Published in

Pediatric Exercise Science

Publisher

Human Kinetics

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  • AM (Accepted Manuscript)

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© Human Kinetics, Inc.

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Accepted author manuscript version reprinted, by permission, from Pediatric Exercise Science, 2024, https://doi.org/10.1123/pes.2023-0065. © Human Kinetics, Inc.

Publication date

2024-03-27

Copyright date

2024

ISSN

0899-8493

eISSN

1543-2920

Language

  • en

Depositor

Dr Natalie Pearson. Deposit date: 18 June 2024

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