Improvements in physical fitness in adults with Down syndrome.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

The effectiveness of an exercise training program for 52 adults with Down syndrome (M age = 39.4 years) was evaluated. The training program consisted of cardiovascular (30 minutes) and strength exercise (15 minutes) for 12 weeks, 3 days a week for 45-minutes per session. Compared to control subjects, the training group improved significantly in cardiovascular fitness and muscular strength and endurance and had a slight but significant reduction in body weight. Greater effort must be made to promote increases in physical activity participation among persons with Down syndrome and developmental disabilities in order to reduce the potential health risks associated with low fitness and sedentary behavior.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Rimmer, JH; Heller, T; Wang, E; Valerio, I

Published Date

  • March 2004

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 109 / 2

Start / End Page

  • 165 - 174

PubMed ID

  • 15000673

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0895-8017

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1352/0895-8017(2004)109<165:IIPFIA>2.0.CO;2


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States