Location: Indiana, United States

I became a Professor Emeritus after serving 29 years as a recreational therapy faculty member at Indiana University. I'm a long-time Hoosier, having grown up in Hanover, Indiana. My RT practitioner work was in psych/mental health. After completing my Ph.D. at the University of Illinois, my first faculty position was at the University of North Texas. RT has been a wonderful profession for me as I have had the opportunity to serve as an author and national leader.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Physical Training for Children with Osterogenesis Imperfecta

Research abstract published in the January NCPAD Newsletter:

Emerging Evidence in Health and Disability: Physical Training in Children with Osteogenesis Imperfecta
Van Brussel, M., Takken, T., Uiterwaal, C., Pruijs, H. J., Van der Net, J., Helders, P. J. M., et al. (2008). Physical training in children with osteogenesis imperfecta. Journal of Pediatrics, 152, 111-116.

The purpose of this study was to examine the effects of a physical activity program on exercise capacity, muscle force, and subjective fatigue levels in children with mild to moderate forms of osteogenesis imperfecta (OI). Thirty-four children from 8 to 18 years of age were randomly assigned to either 12 weeks of graded exercise intervention or usual care. Outcome measures included exercise capacity (VO2peak), maximal working capacity (Wmax), muscle force, subjective fatigue, perceived competence, and health-related quality of life (HRQoL). Results showed that VO2peak, relative VO2peak, Wmax, and muscle force were significantly improved while subjective fatigue decreased significantly.

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