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Feelings About Balance (Typically Developing)

Feelings about balance (Typically developing)

Summary

Physical activity improves social life, quality of life, and health. There is evidence that youth with physical disabilities do not try as many different activities as youth who do not have disabilities. One reason might be that they may have lower confidence in their ability to keep their balance during certain activities or settings as a result of their disability.  Right now, we have no way to measure balance confidence in youth.  We think that therapists need to be able to measure balance confidence to know what to work on in their treatment to help youth become more active in physical activities.  

As a result, we are making a questionnaire for youth ages 9 to 18 years to be able to tell us how confident they are about their balance. Later on, we will test our new questionnaire to make sure it measures balance confidence accurately, and look at how balance confidence is related to actual balance and participation in physical activities

Researcher(s)

Sally Lindsay, PhD, Virginia Wright, PhD,Megan Towns, Kelly Arbour-Nicitopoulos, Avril Mansfield

Who can participate

We are looking for children and teens who are typically developing ages 9 to 18 years inclusive.

What's Involved

A 60-minute focus group with 3 to 8 typically developing children and teens (from here on called youth)

Youth will be placed in a group depending on their age (ages 9 to 13 years or ages 14 to 18 years)

We will explore their regular physical activity experiences as well as their thoughts and feelings about their balance when participating or thinking about participating in physical activities

Youth will receive a $20 gift card and volunteer hours

Paid parking at Holland Bloorview during the research session

Deadline

March 31, 2017

Interested in participating

Contacting us does not obligate you to participate in the study. Please contact Megan Towns at mtowns@hollandbloorview.ca or 416-425-6220 ext. 3080 for more information.

 

Funding Agency

Holland Bloorview Research Chair in Pediatric Rehabilitation



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