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Project Title

Project Title

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

Principal Investigator

Principal Investigator

Ulrich, Dale; Hornyak, Joseph

Description

Description

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.

Funder

Funder

Department of Education

Fiscal Year Funding

Fiscal Year Funding

0

Current Award Period

Current Award Period

2009-2012

Strategic Plan Question

Strategic Plan Question

Question 5: Where Can I Turn For Services?

Strategic Plan Objective

Strategic Plan Objective

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.

Project Link

Project Link

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)

Institution

Institution

University of Michigan

State/Country

State/Country

Michigan

Project Number

Project Number

H133G090006

Federal or Private?

Federal or Private?

Federal

Received ARRA Funding?

Received ARRA Funding?

No

History/Related Projects

History/Related Projects

The effects of a bicycle training intervention on health, physical activity, sleep, and community participation in youth with Down syndrome and autism spectrum disorders | 196819 | 2010 | H133G090006
The effects of a bicycle training intervention on health, physical activity, sleep, and community participation in youth with Down syndrome and autism spectrum disorders | 200000 | 2011 | H133G090006

 
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