Motor Performance in South African Children with Cystic Fibrosis

Lieselotte Corten, Brenda Morrow

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    Aims: This study aimed to investigate motor performance in children with cystic fibrosis (CF) and the relationship with respiratory and anthropometric outcome measures. Methods: A cross-sectional exploratory study investigated 12 children with CF, mean (SD) age 6.17 (0.67) years, using the Movement Assessment Battery for Children 2nd edition (MABC-2), spirometry, body weight, height, body mass index and age related anthropomorphic z-scores. Results: MABC-2 total scores indicated 9/12 (75%) children performed below average (<50th percentile), of which 4/12 children (33.3%) had motor delay and 2/12 (16.7%) were at risk for motor delay. The balance subscale showed the lowest scores, with 5/12 (41.7%) participants performing at or below the 5th percentile and a median (IQR) percentile score of 9.00 (5.00-62.50). A significant negative correlation was found between the manual dexterity subscale and both height and height for age z-scores (p=0.017 and p=0.019 respectively), as well as peak expiratory flow in liter (p=0.027). The balance subscale scores were positively correlated with forced expiratory volume in %predicted (p=0.048). No other significant correlations were found. Conclusion: Children with CF may be at risk for delayed motor development, particularly their balance skills. Poor lung function might affect motor development but further research is recommended.
    Original languageEnglish
    JournalPhysical and Occupational Therapy in Pediatrics
    Publication statusPublished - 30 Jul 2019


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