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Rehabilitation and development after childhood cancer: can the need for physical exercise be met?
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  12745903     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Clinical and experimental evidence attests to the neurological and psychological benefits of physical exercise. Prescribing exercise for children after cancer has the potential to facilitate recovery, performance and development, with consequent improvement in quality of life and long-term outcome. However, could a school take up the prescription for a child's individual exercise programme? As a preliminary to an intervention study, all primary and secondary schools in two Scottish regions were surveyed. The aim was to evaluate the utility of prescribing exercise as part of a child's individual rehabilitation plan and to investigate awareness in schools of the potential benefits of exercise for cognition and behaviour. Approximately half the respondents indicated that extra physical exercise sessions could be incorporated into the school day. The main difficulties preventing such inclusion were identified as a lack of staff for supervision and timetabling problems. However, there was also a high level (>70%) of lack of information about what a child could be expected to do after cancer. Further, more respondents (approximately 60%) anticipated benefits of exercise for social development than for academic progress (approximately 35%). These results emphasize the necessity of clear and specific liaison with a school when planning and implementing a child's long-term rehabilitation programme.
Ann R R Robertson; David A Johnson
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Pediatric rehabilitation     Volume:  5     ISSN:  1363-8491     ISO Abbreviation:  Pediatr Rehabil     Publication Date:    2002 Oct-Dec
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2003-05-14     Completed Date:  2003-05-30     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9709256     Medline TA:  Pediatr Rehabil     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  235-40     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Child & Family Mental Health, Royal Hospital for Sick Children, 3 Rillbank Terrace, Edinburgh EH9 1LL, Scotland, UK.
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MeSH Terms
Exercise Therapy*
Neoplasms / psychology,  rehabilitation*
Physical Fitness
Social Change
Stress, Psychological / prevention & control

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