Movement & Physical Activity

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

Most children and young people are not as active as they would like to be and need to be. And those with health or developmental challenges are at even a higher risk on being inactive.

Our research seeks to understand: What does ‘being active’ looks like across children? How does young children’s movement and activity change over time? And, what helps children and young people 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. PI: Kolehmainen.

DoMore Developing an intervention to reduce sedentary behaviour in
non-ambulant young people with long-term disabilities. NIHR. 06/2019 – 11/2022. PI: Bradbury.

Completed studies:

EMPoWER Early mobility and powered wheelchair evidence review and economic modelling, funded by NIHR Health Technology Assessment Reviews. The protocol is here and the final peer-reviewed, open-access publication here.

Participation in physical play in 6-8 year olds with motor impairments, funded by the MRC. The protocol is here, and the main findings are here.