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Aerobic capacity, muscle strength and power of children and adolescents with chronic disease: characterization and treatment

Grant number: 19/04369-5
Support type:Scholarships in Brazil - Doctorate (Direct)
Effective date (Start): April 01, 2019
Effective date (End): June 30, 2023
Field of knowledge:Health Sciences - Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy
Principal researcher:Ana Cláudia Mattiello-Sverzut
Grantee:Gabriela Barroso de Queiroz Davoli
Home Institution: Faculdade de Medicina de Ribeirão Preto (FMRP). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). Ribeirão Preto , SP, Brazil
Associated research grant:17/17596-4 - Aerobic capacity, muscle strength and power of children and adolescents with chronic disease: characterization and treatment, AP.TEM
Associated scholarship(s):19/22718-7 - Comparison of cardiopulmonary performance of children/adolescents with disabilities on anti-gravity treadmill and arm ergometry, BE.EP.DD


Pediatric physiotherapy have a focus in evaluation and treatment related with neuromotor behavior, especially in Brazil. However, the patients with neurological diseases show chronic and progressive disabilities of the motor skills and lower quality of life. These alterations are developed in consequence of primary or secondary impairment of skeletal muscle tissue. The physical inactivity, as a secondary impairment, increases the risk of development of cardiovascular and metabolic diseases (including Obesity), the energy expenditure and fatigue. Different from adults with chronic diseases, the pediatric approach still has limitations considering the choice of exercises modalities and dosages, which must be related to gender, age, sexual maturation of patients and muscles involved in a exactly task. These limitations are increased when the patient present hind limb disabilities and a progressive disease. Therefore, the aerobic capacity and muscular performance of children and adolescents with spina bifida, muscular dystrophies and sensory-motor polyneuropathies should be investigated focusing in upper limb strategies. This research project aims to develop and validate instruments for the evaluation of aerobic capacity and muscle fatigue that can be used in a clinical. Posteriorly, therapeutic training will be developed considering each disease. (AU)

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DAVOLI, GABRIELA BARROSO DE QUEIROZ; CARDOSO, JULIANA; SILVA, GIOVANNA CONSTANTIN; CARREIRA MOREIRA, ROBERTA DE FATIMA; MATTIELLO-SVERZUT, ANA CLAUDIA. Instruments to assess upper-limb function in children and adolescents with neuromuscular diseases: a systematic review. DEVELOPMENTAL MEDICINE AND CHILD NEUROLOGY, v. 63, n. 9, p. 1030+, SEP 2021. Web of Science Citations: 0.

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