Influence of swimming on weight control in pubertal children with Down syndrome
Discobolul: Physical Education, Sports and Kinetotherapy Journal
Overweight is a major health issue of great concern to specialists from all over the world. Recent studies indicate that there are more and more people with overweight or obesity problems. In Romania as well, the data show serious problems related to overweight. A series of disabilities are associated with health issues and overweight. These include people with Down syndrome. Their weight could be controlled through a rigorous exercise programme that should be practiced systematically, with
... matically, with beneficial effects not only on the motor area, but also the functional area. This study was conducted on three pubertal children with Down syndromea girl and two boys. The tests were carried out in a specialised clinic and aimed to identify weight problems using anthropometric measurements related to the somatic mass (body weight, skinfolds and body composition). We associated them with physical anthropometric measurements related to body weight, which helped us to better emphasise the effects of physical exercise on body weight. Between the two tests, the three children with Down syndrome participated in swimming lessons as part of the intervention programme. Through these, both the maintenance and improvement of weight-related aspects were pursued, as well as the learning of swimming. Following the processing and interpretation of available data, we have concluded that body weight is an important health criterion for people with Down syndrome to prevent complications of the specific pathology and the occurrence of other comorbidities.