Which activity modifications are used in the treatment of Down syndrome?

Updated: Apr 30, 2018
  • Author: Gratias Tom Mundakel, MBBS, DCH; Chief Editor: Maria Descartes, MD  more...
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No restriction of activities is necessary. Parents should be counseled about sports with increased risk of spinal injury, such as football, soccer, and gymnastics. Advise the patient to exercise to maintain an appropriate weight. Patients with symptoms of arrhythmia, episodes of fainting, abnormal findings on electrocardiography (ECG), and palpitations or chest pain should refrain from participating in sports and strenuous exercise. Children with C1-C2 instability or subluxation may require specific preclearance to compete in the Special Olympics. [98]  


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