Physical Fitness, Activity and Training in Children with Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis

Tim Takken


Pediatr Health. 2010;4(5):499-507. 

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Children with JIA are often restricted in their activities of daily living, have lower physically activity levels compared with their healthy peers, and have a reduced physical fitness. None of the currently performed randomized studies regarding exercise training in children with JIA have observed clinically significant improvements in physical fitness, and only one study has observed significant and clinically relevant improvements in physical activity. It is advised that clinicians discuss appropriate levels of physical activity with their patients in clinical consultations. Furthermore children with JIA should adhere with public-health recommendations of daily participation in 60 min or more of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity.


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