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Motor Performance in Children with Generalized Hypermobility: The Influence of Muscle Strength and Exercise Capacity

Motor Performance in Children with Generalized Hypermobility: The Influence of Muscle Strength and Exercise Capacity

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PURPOSE: The aim of this study was to investigate whether muscle strength and functional exercise capacity (FEC) influence motor performance in children with generalized joint hypermobility. METHODS: Forty-one children (mean age: 8.1 years) with symptomatic generalized hypermobility were included. Motor performance was assessed using the Körperkoordinationstest für Kinder (KTK) and the Movement Assessment Battery for Children. Muscle strength and FEC were measured with a handheld dynamometer and the 6-minute walk test. RESULTS: Only muscle strength was significantly positively associated with motor performance on the KTK. FEC was significantly decreased. Children's scores on the KTK were significantly lower (p < 0.001) compared with scores on the Movement Assessment Battery for Children. CONCLUSIONS: The KTK is a more sensitive tool for detecting motor problems in children with generalized joint hypermobility, but is not associated with FEC. Along with the KTK, the 6-minute walk test can be used to independently assess and evaluate FEC.

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OrganisatieHogeschool van Amsterdam
AfdelingKenniscentrum ACHIEVE
Gepubliceerd inPediatric physical therapy Lippincott Williams and Wilkins, Vol. 21, Uitgave: 2, Pagina's: 194-200
Datum2009-07
TypeArtikel
ISSN0898-5669
DOI10.1097/PEP.0b013e3181a3ac5f
TaalEngels

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