The risk of reduced physical activity in children with probable

D Green, RP Lingam, C Mattocks, CJ Riddoch, A Ness, A Emond

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The aim of the current study was to test the hypothesis that children with probable Developmental Coordination Disorder have an increased risk of reduced moderate to vigorous physical activity (MVPA), using data from a large population based study. Prospectively collected data from 4331 children (boys=2065, girls=2266) who had completed motor coordination testing at 7 years and accelerometry at 12 years were analysed from the Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children (ALSPAC). Probable DCD (p-DCD) was defined, using criteria based on the DSM IV classification, as those children below the 15th centile of the ALSPAC Coordination Test at seven years who had a functional impairment in activities of daily living or handwriting, excluding children with a known neurological diagnosis or IQ
Translated title of the contributionThe risk of reduced physical activity in children with probable
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1332–1342.
Number of pages11
JournalResearch in Developmental Disabilities
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2011


  • Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD)
  • Physical activity
  • Children
  • Alspac
  • Cohort


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