The World Transplant Games: An incentive to improve physical fitness and habitual activity in pediatric solid organ transplant recipients

Robin D. Deliva, Catherine Patterson, Stephanie So, Vanessa Pellow, Stephanie Miske, Carol McLister, Cedric Manlhiot, Stacey Pollock-BarZiv, Alison Drabble, Anne I. Dipchand

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Abstract

This prospective, interventional study examined the impact of training for the WTG on levels of health-related physical fitness and habitual activity in a cohort of pediatric SOT recipients. Physical fitness (FitnessGram®) and habitual activity (HAES) measures were performed on participants (n = 19) in the WTG and compared to nonparticipant controls (n = 14) prior to and following the WTG. Pre-WTG exercise training was provided to participants. Participants demonstrated a statistically significant improvement in their habitual weekday (6.1 ± 1.7 to 8.5 ± 1.9 h; p = 0.002) and weekend (6.3 ± 2.6 to 8.4 ± 2.5 h; p = 0.01) activity over the training period, while controls improved weekday activity only (6.3 ± 2.0 to 8.3 ±2.1 h; p = 0.05. Weekend activity: 7.7 ± 2.7 to 8.3 ± 2.3 h; p = 0.68). Participants demonstrated a non-statistical improvement in select physical fitness parameters; however, a greater number of participants achieved healthy criterion standards for cardiovascular fitness (2 vs. 1), abdominal strength (5 vs. 3), and upper body strength (7 vs. 3) following training and participating in the WTG. The WTG can provide a positive incentive for greater levels of physical activity and promote improvements in physical fitness levels. Further study is needed to examine long-term impact on lifestyle changes and health outcomes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)889-895
Number of pages7
JournalPediatric Transplantation
Volume18
Issue number8
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2014
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Exercise
  • Pediatric
  • Physical fitness
  • Transplant

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Transplantation

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    Deliva, R. D., Patterson, C., So, S., Pellow, V., Miske, S., McLister, C., Manlhiot, C., Pollock-BarZiv, S., Drabble, A., & Dipchand, A. I. (2014). The World Transplant Games: An incentive to improve physical fitness and habitual activity in pediatric solid organ transplant recipients. Pediatric Transplantation, 18(8), 889-895. https://doi.org/10.1111/petr.12370