An ongoing study conducted by the Institute of Biomedicine at the University of Eastern Finland reports an association between sedentary lifestyle and poor physical fitness and increased pain in children as young as 6 to 8 years old. Pain conditions that occurred with increased frequency in this population included headaches (most prominently) and lower limb pain. The authors state that the conclusions could be useful in the development of strategies and interventions to decrease the incidence of chronic pain in prepubertal children. The findings appear in Journal of Pain.
The study examined 439 children for association between various pain conditions and fitness levels, exercise habits, sedentary hobbies, and body fat content. Sedentary behavior, physical activity, and pain conditions were assessed using questionnaires, cardiorespiratory fitness using maximal cycle ergometer test, and body fat percentage using dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry. The Physical Activity and Nutrition in Children (PANIC) Study generates extensive and scientifically valuable public health data on children's lifestyle habits, health, and well-being.
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Read a news story about the study findings here.
The journal abstract may be read here.