Physical Activity & Movement

Being active and moving around is one of the main ways for children to enjoy life and be with others. It is also one of the best things for their health and development. We think all children should have the opportunity to be active, and do it in ways that they enjoy.

Most children are not as active as they would like to be and need to be, and children with any health or developmental concerns are at even higher risk on being inactive.

Our research seeks to understand what ‘being active’ looks like in different children, how children’s activity changes over time, and what helps children be the active explorers they often want to be.

Current activity & movement studies:

ActiveCHILD Promoting health and functioning through early life physical activity. NIHR £549,316. 06/2016 – 10/2021.

Completed studies:

EMPoWER Early mobility and powered wheelchair evidence review and economic modelling. NIHR £251,448. 04/2018 – 06/2019. The protocol is here. The report is currently with HTA under a peer review.

Participation in physical play in 6-8 year olds with motor impairments. MRC £304,645. 09/2010 – 08/2015. The protocol is here. Main findings are here.