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Title: Heart rate response to physical therapy and educational activities in children with severe mental impairment
Authors: Jones, AYM
Wong, MMP
Keywords: Exercise intensity
Mental impairment
Physical activities
Issue Date: 2007
Publisher: Springer/Plenum Publishers
Source: Journal of developmental and physical disabilities, 2007, v. 19, no. 1, p. 15-22 How to cite?
Journal: Journal of Developmental and Physical Disabilities 
Abstract: This study investigated the change of heart rate during physical education (PE) or physical therapy sessions (PT) in students with mental impairment (MI) and low physical activity. The heart rate (HR) of children with severe grade MI (IQ below 40) attending a Special school was recorded continuously during two PE and two PT sessions in two consecutive weeks. Of the 34 students recruited, one third (32.4%) were overweight. The mean and peak heart rates recorded in the student cohort were higher during the PT session compared with the PE session. When expressed as a percentage of the children's maximal heart rate (MHR), the mean exercise heart rates during all sessions were below 60% MHR. This study suggests a need to increase the exercise intensity for activities during regular PE and PT sessions to enhance or preserve cardiopulmonary fitness in children with mental impairment.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10397/30277
DOI: 10.1007/s10882-006-9033-5
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