Determinants of physical activity in young wheelchair-user with spina bifida

Authors Manon Bloemen, Tim Takken, Janke de Groot, Cas Kruitwagen, Rosanne Rook, Rita van den Berg-Emons, Frank Backx
Published in Journal of Rehabilitation Medicine
Publication date 2020
Research groups Lifestyle and Health
Type Article


Children with spina bifida who are wheelchair-users are less physically active than their typically developing peers. It is important to understand relations between physical activity and other factors, so approriate interventions can be developed. We explored relations between physical activity and fitness, age, sex and severity of disability in children that were 5–19 years of age who were diagnosed with spina bifida and who are wheelchair-users. We found that older age and the inability to walk negatively influence physical activity. We did not find a relation between physical activity and fitness or physical activity and sex.

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Language English
Published in Journal of Rehabilitation Medicine
Year and volume 52 10
Key words spinal diseases, wheelchair users, physical activity
Digital Object Identifier 10.2340/16501977-2724

Manon Bloemen

Manon Bloemen

  • Researcher
  • Research group: Lifestyle and Health