About this Research Topic
It has been estimated that between 15% and 18% of all youth in North America have a chronic medical condition (CMC). These children often live complicated lives and are more frequent users of the healthcare system. Unfortunately, those interested in improving the quality of life for these children too often work in silos. One example of this deficiency in practice is in the role of exercise as medicine. While physical activity is essential for all children, children growing up with a CMC are more likely to experience reduced fitness levels, which can impair their ability to do the things they want to do thereby negatively impacting their quality of life. It has become increasingly recognized by the healthcare system that prescribing exercise as medicine can be a cost-effective means of disease management, with the potential to reduce long-term healthcare costs. However, many patients are receiving suboptimal treatment regarding physical activity and fitness because it is perceived that many clinicians do not have adequate knowledge when it comes to exercise testing and training. With this Research Topic in Frontiers in Pediatrics, we hope to fill this gap.
We are interested in original studies and review articles in the topic of exercise as medicine for children and adolescents with a CMC, excluding childhood obesity.
Keywords: Fitness, exercise is medicine, exercise testing, exercise training, sport, physical activity, health promotion
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