A pedometer based physical activity self-management program for children and adolescents with physical disability – design and methods of the StepUp study
1 Health and Use of Time Group, School of Health Sciences, University of South Australia, GPO Box 2471, Adelaide, South Australia 5001, Australia
2 Novita Children’s Services, 171 Days Road, Regency Park, South Australia 5010, Australia
3 School of Art, Architecture and Design, University of South Australia, GPO Box 2471, Adelaide, South Australia 5001, Australia
4 School of Health Sciences, University of South Australia, GPO Box 2471, Adelaide, South Australia 5001, Australia
BMC Pediatrics 2014, 14:31 doi:10.1186/1471-2431-14-31Published: 3 February 2014
Physical activity affords a wide range of physiological and psychological benefits for children and adolescents, yet many children with physical disabilities are insufficiently active to achieve these benefits. The StepUp program is a newly developed 6-week pedometer-based self-management program for children and adolescents with physical disability. Participants use a pedometer to undertake a 6-week physical activity challenge, with personalised daily step count goals set in consultation with a physiotherapist. The study aims to evaluate the effectiveness of the StepUp program, using a randomised control trial design.
A target sample of 70 young people with physical disabilities (aged 8–17 years, ambulant with or without aid, residing in Adelaide) will be recruited. Participants will be randomly allocated to either intervention or control following completion of baseline assessments. Assessments are repeated at 8 weeks (immediately post intervention) and 20 weeks (12 weeks post intervention). The primary outcome is objective physical activity determined from 7 day accelerometry, and the secondary outcomes are exercise intention, physical self-worth, quality of life and fatigue. Analyses will be undertaken on an intention-to-treat basis using random effects mixed modelling.
This study will provide information about the potential of a low-touch and low-cost physical activity intervention for children and adolescents with cerebral palsy.
Australian New Zealand Clinical Trials Registry (ANZCTR): ACTRN12613000023752.