Type of Article:  Original Research

Volume 5; Issue 5 (September 2017)

Page No.: 2332-2336

DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.16965/ijpr.2017.202


Aisha A Hagag1, Mohamed K Seyam2, Naglaa A Zaky3, Eman Y Salem 4.

*1 Department of Physical Therapy for Cardiovascular/Respiratory Disorders and Geriatrics, Faculty of Physical Therapy, Cairo University, Egypt,

2 Departement of physical therapy, Zagazig University Hospital, Egypt

3 Department of Physical Therapy for Growth and Development Disorders in Children and its Surgery, Faculty of Physical Therapy, Cairo University, Egypt

4 Department of Fitness and Rehabilitation Unit, Cairo University Hospitals, Egypt.

Address for Correspondence:  Dr. Aisha A Hagag, Department of Physical Therapy for Cardiovascular/Respiratory Disorders and Geriatrics, Faculty of Physical Therapy, Cairo University, Egypt. E-Mail: Aishahagag73@gmail.com 


Purpose: the aim of the study was to compare the physical fitness of children with type 1 diabetes with reference to healthy controls.

Subjects and Methods: thirty male children with type 1 diabetes have been selected randomly to participate in this study; their ages ranged from12 to 17 years old .They were referred from out patient’s clinic of Pediatrics in Zagazig university hospital.  Thirty healthy children volunteers participated to represent the control group; they were matched in age to the diabetic group.

Procedure: Physical fitness was evaluated using the ‘‘EUROFIT Physical Fitness Test Battery’’. This battery estimates body composition, cardiopulmonary, and musculoskeletal fitness.

Results: there were no significant differences concerning BMI, skin folds and PBF between the diabetic and control groups. The 6-min walking distance and VO2max were significantly lower in the diabetic group (PB<0.05). Jump-stretch, handgrip and side-bending of trunk tests were also lower in the diabetic group.

Conclusion: physical functional capacity is much lower in diabetic children than in age-matched control subjects.

Key words: Type 1 diabetes, physical fitness, Eurofit test battery.


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Cite this article: Aisha A Hagag, Mohamed K Seyam, Naglaa A Zaky, Eman Y Salem. EVALUATION OF PHYSICAL FITNESS IN CHILDREN WITH TYPE 1 DIABETES. Int J Physiother Res 2017;5(5):2332-2336. DOI: 10.16965/ijpr.2017.202