13 April 2017

Fitness important for youth with chronic diseases

One of the areas of focus of Sport & Society is youth with chronic diseases or physical disabilities. Researchers from UMC Utrecht, Wilhelmina Children’s hospital and University of Applied Science Utrecht joinedt forces and recently published the article ‘The associations of cardiorespiratory fitness, adiposity and sports participation with arterial stiffness in youth with chronic diseases or physical disabilities’ in European Journal of Preventive Cardiology.

Until now, the evidence on the associations of cardiorespiratory fitness, body adiposity and sports participation with arterial stiffness in children and adolescents with chronic diseases or physical disabilities is limited. The Sport & Society researchers conclude that poor cardiorespiratory fitness and higher waist circumference were associated with increased arterial stiffness in children and adolescents with chronic diseases and physical disabilities. The association between cardiorespiratory fitness and arterial stiffness was partly explained by waist circumference.

Contact person: prof. Frank Backx (UMCU).