How Physical Activity ( Pa ) Is Necessary For Optimum Physical And Psychosocial Health Of The General Population

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Physical activity (PA) is necessary for optimum physical and psychosocial health of the general population. It has been suggested that it is even more important for children and adolescents with Cerebral Palsy (CP) who struggle with impairments that interfere with activities of daily living and limit participation in sports (Fowler, Knutson, et al., 2007). According to the World Health Organization, adolescents and young adults with and without disabilities who are physically active have higher levels of cardiorespiratory fitness, muscular endurance and strength, reduced body fat, and fewer symptoms of anxiety and depression (WHO, 2010, p. 20). The purpose of this paper is to explore the literature in order to determine what is known about PA in adolescents with CP.
Background and Significance
A substruction can help one understand the links between theory and measurement. By identifying variables and relational statements, critical thinking is stimulated about how the pieces of research fit together (Bekhet & Zauszniewski, 2008). Three constructs make up the basis of this pursuit: motor function, mobility, and physical fitness (See figure 1) and are defined in the following paragraphs. As one works down from the theoretical to the operational, the empirical indicators that could be used are listed as the Gross Motor Function Classification System (GMFCS: levels I – V, with level I being the least amount of impairment), the Physical Activity Questionnaire for Adolescents…

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