Journal article

Strength, Motor Skills, and Physical Activity in Preschool-Aged Children Born Either at Less Than 30 Weeks of Gestation or at Term

Tara L FitzGerald, Kate L Cameron, Reem A Albesher, Benjamin F Mentiplay, Katherine J Lee, Ross A Clark, Jeanie LY Cheong, Lex W Doyle, Jennifer L McGinley, Alicia J Spittle

PHYSICAL THERAPY & REHABILITATION JOURNAL | OXFORD UNIV PRESS INC | Published : 2021

Abstract

OBJECTIVE: Children born <30 weeks of gestation have more motor impairment than do children born at term (37-42 weeks gestation), but reported outcomes have largely focused on cerebral palsy and developmental coordination disorder. The aim of this study was to compare muscle strength, motor skills, and physical activity (PA) of preschool-aged children born <30 weeks with those born at term. METHODS: In this cohort study, 123 children born <30 weeks and 128 born at term were assessed. Children were aged ≥4 years, 0 months and <6 years, 0 months' corrected age at the time of the assessment. Outcomes included grip strength (kg), Movement Assessment Battery for Children 2nd edition (MABC-2), Lit..

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Grants

Awarded by National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia (Centre of Research Excellence)


Funding Acknowledgements

This work is supported by grants from the National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia (Centre of Research Excellence #1060733; Career Development Fellowship #1141354 to J.C.; Career Development Fellowship #1108714 to A.S.; Career Development Fellowship #1090415 to R.C.; Career Development Fellowship #1127984 to K.J.L.), and the Victorian Government's Operational Infrastructure Support Program. Dr Tara L. FitzGerald and Kate L. Cameron's PhD candidatures were supported by The Australian Government Research Training Program Scholarship and the Centre of Research Excellence in Newborn Medicine. Reem A. Albesher's PhD candidature is supported by Princess Nourah bint Abdulrahman University Scholarship and the Centre of Research Excellence in Newborn Medicine.