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Effect of play-based summer break exercise on cardiovascular function in adolescents.
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PMID:  23062246     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
Abstract/OtherAbstract:
AIM: To compare the effects of 4 and 8 weeks of play-based, supervised exercise during summer break versus an unsupervised break on cardiovascular function in adolescent children. METHODS: Twenty-two subjects were divided into either a 4-week exercise group (age 10.1±1.3 years), an 8-week exercise group (age 9.4±1.7 years) or a control group (age 10.0±1.3 years). The activity groups participated in a supervised summer camp for 6 hours/day, 5 days/wk including a discontinuous play-based physical activity program and a healthy lifestyle, while the control group were told to keep their regular summer break routines. Anthropometrics, pulse wave velocity, augmentation index, blood pressure, and peak oxygen consumption were evaluated before and after the intervention RESULTS: Normalized augmentation index (75 beats/min) significantly decreased after 4 and 8 weeks in the active groups (P=0.04) while pulse wave velocity showed no significant changes in all groups. Mean arterial pressure decreased (P=0.003) and peak oxygen consumption increased (P=0.001) significantly in the 8 week group CONCLUSION: These data suggest that 8 weeks of supervised play-based activity yields several cardio-beneficial results in adolescents, which may act as a clinical prophylaxis throughout their lifetime. © 2012 The Author(s)/Acta Paediatrica © 2012 Foundation Acta Paediatrica.
Authors:
Marco Meucci; Chelsea D Curry; Carlo Baldari; Laura Guidetti; Carol Cook; Scott R Collier
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-10-13
Journal Detail:
Title:  Acta paediatrica (Oslo, Norway : 1992)     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1651-2227     ISO Abbreviation:  Acta Paediatr.     Publication Date:  2012 Oct 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-10-15     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9205968     Medline TA:  Acta Paediatr     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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© 2012 The Author(s)/Acta Paediatrica © 2012 Foundation Acta Paediatrica.
Affiliation:
University of Rome "Foro Italico", 00194, Rome, Italy, Piazza Lauro De Bosis, 15.
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