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The effects of a bicycle training intervention on health, physical activity, sleep, and community participation in youth with Down syndrome and autism spectrum disorders  

This three-year study utilizes a randomized trial design to determine the effects of an individualized bicycle training intervention on functional performance, time spent in moderate to vigorous physical activity, patterns of sleep, and community participation and integration of youth with Down Syndrome (DS) and autism spectrum disorder, aged 9 to 18 years. Participants who are randomly assigned to the experimental group (EXP) receive the bicycle training during the first year while the control group (CON) does not receive the bicycle training until the second year but receives alternative educational or community-based lessons while they wait. After receiving their bicycle training intervention, participants in the EXP and CON groups are monitored for 24 months to help determine the frequency of bicycle riding, environmental factors that influence the frequency of bike riding; the frequency of falls; their pattern of night time sleep; the amount of time they spend in sedentary, light, moderate, and vigorous physical activity; self and parent perceptions of their riding skill; with whom they ride, where in the community they ride their bicycle; and in what other activities they participate in their community. At entry into the study, none of the participants are able to ride a two-wheel bicycle. Project Status
ONGOING

2010

Funder Department of Education
Fiscal Year Funding $196,819.00
Current Award Period 2009-2012
Project Number H133G090006
Principal Investigator Ulrich, Dale
Received ARRA Funding? No
Strategic Plan Question Question 5: Where Can I Turn For Services? (Services)
Subcategory Family Well-Being and Safety
Strategic Plan Objective New! Yellow dot: Objective has some degree of funding, but less than the recommended amount. 5LD. Evaluate at least two strategies or programs to increase the health and safety of people with ASD that simultaneously consider principles of self-determination and personal autonomy by 2015. IACC Recommended Budget: $2,000,000 over 2 years.
Federal or Private? Federal
Institution University of Michigan
State/Country Michigan
Web Link 1 The effects of a bicycle training intervention on health, physical activity, sleep, and community participation in youth with Down syndrome and autism spectrum disorders (External web link)
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