Physical Activity in Paediatric Populations

About us

The Physical Activity in Paediatric Populations research group is a multidisciplinary team which includes clinicians (paediatric sports physicians, exercise physiologists and biomechanists) and researchers. The primary focus is the role of physical activity in healthy paediatric populations and children with chronic disease and disability. In order to combat the overwhelming incidence of cardiovascular disease in Australia, we aim to improve physical activity levels and instil lifelong exercise habits from childhood. A further aim is to identify the role of gross motor skill development in promoting physical activity levels, reducing sitting and small screen viewing time and reducing the overweight and obesity risk in childhood.

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Specific research areas include:
  • the role of physical activity in childhood in ameliorating risk of cardiovascular disease
  • interventions to improve participation in physical activity in children and adolescents
  • physical activity and exercise interventions for children with or surviving cancer
  • evaluating the role of exercise in special paediatric populations including children with haemophilia, obesity and insulin resistance, juvenile idiopathic arthritis and the mitochondrial myopathies
  • quantification and analysis of human movement to guide motor skill acquisition
  • assessing interventions to improve fundamental motor skills in young children and their impact on physical activity participation

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