Integrability of a computer-based exercise program in pediatric oncology and effects on quality of life and fatigue syndrome -Trial in Progress-

Anna-Maria Platschek, Nicolas Wessely, Christine Graf, Freerk Baumann, Frank Berthold, Eckhard Schönau, Heiko Klaus Strüder

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Introduction The benefits of physical activity in cancer therapy in adults are well documented. In addition to an increase of physical performance
there can be positive effects on quality of life and reduction in fatigue syndrome. In pediatric oncology this approach has not
been sufficiently explored. The aim of this study is to research the integrability of a child-friendly computer-based exercise program in the
pediatric oncology as well as the effects of the intervention on quality of life and fatigue syndrome. Results could underline the need for
exercise therapy as an useful supportive therapy in pediatric oncology. Methods Thirty subjects with malignant neoplasm (ICD10 C00-
C97) between 6-18 years will be included. The intervention involves a computerized exercise program over three months, twice a week.
Intensity and duration of exercise program depends on individual day´s form and consists of a fitness program and an active adventure
game. Health-related quality of life (KINDL) and fatigue syndrome (PEDsQL multidimensional Fatigue-scale) will be assessed by
questionare. During the intervention heart rate will be measured. Before and after every fourth intervention a brief emotional questionare
(mood meter) will be answered. Integrability of the intervention will be determined by drop-out. Discussion Well-controlled studies about
physical activity in pediatric oncology do not exist. Small uncontrolled interventions already shows that movement in any form and intensity
in the acute phase in paediatric oncology can have positive effects on functional mobility, quality of life and self-confidence (San Juan et
al. 2007). Studies about other chronical diseases could demonstrate that the use of a computer-aided fitness program was able to reduce
fatigue (Yuen et al. 2011) and improve sensorimotor skills (Wuang et al. 2011). More studies exploring this approach in pediatric
oncology and supporting natural need for movement will be needed. Perspective The findings of the this study suggest guidelines and
recommendations about possibilities and contraindications of exercise therapies in pediatric oncology
Translated title of the contributionIntegrierbarkeit eines computergestützten Bewegungsprogramms in der Kinderonkologie und Effekte dessen auf die Lebensqualität und das Fatigue-Syndrom -Eine laufende Studie-
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication18th annual Congress of the European College of Sport Science Book of Abstracts
Publication date01.07.2013
ISBN (Print)978-84-695-7786-8
Publication statusPublished - 01.07.2013
EventAnnual Congress of the European College of Sport Science - Barcelona, Spain
Duration: 26.06.201329.06.2013
Conference number: 18