Doktorarbeit: Bewegungsförderung bei Kindern und Jugendlichen mit onkologischen Erkrankungen

Bewegungsförderung bei Kindern und Jugendlichen mit onkologischen Erkrankungen

Zielgruppenorientierte Konzeption, Durchführung und Evaluation eines behandlungsbegleitenden Interventionsprogramms

Schriften zur Sportwissenschaft, volume 145

Hamburg , 344 pages

ISBN 978-3-8300-9964-2 (print)
ISBN 978-3-339-09964-8 (eBook)

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Exercise and physical activity are important resources for the physical and mental health of children and adolescents. For example, regular physical activity and sports play an important role in the development of motor, cognitive and social skills.

However, childhood cancer patients generally lack opportunities to be physically active, especially during the long course of treatment. This causes an additional burden for patients' health. Moreover, treatment is also accompanied by strong side effects, including limitations on physical performance and quality of life, among others. These side effects can be amplified by physical inactivity and sometimes still persist years after the end of treatment.

Yet, regular exercise and adapted physical activity during treatment can have positive effects regarding various side effects related to inactivity and treatment. Thus, side effects such as severe exhaustion and fatigue can be reduced. In addition, regular physical activity can have a positive impact on the quality of life of children and adolescents suffering from cancer. Therefore, it is necessary to promote specific clinical exercise programs for children and adolescents with cancer and provide access to regular physical activity during and after childhood cancer treatment.

This book focuses on the potential of physical activity, exercise and sports in pediatric oncology. Additionally, the need for clinical exercise programs for childhood cancer patients is argued both from a scientific and practical view. The evaluated exercise program for childhood cancer patients delivers field-tested methods for the promotion of physical activity during treatment but also discusses possible limitations of this supportive measure. The exercise program considers both specific needs of childhood cancer patients and the characteristics of the clinical setting. The intervention provides a practical, application-oriented and scientifically substantiated approach to promoting physical activity and exercise during and after treatment for childhood cancer. Furthermore, a comprehensive overview of the current state of research and development along with upcoming challenges in the field are given.

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