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Panacea Journal of Medical Sciences

Correlation of generalized joint hypermobility and selective joint hypermobility with physical activity in school going children of age 6 to 12 years

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Author Details: Abhijeet A. Deshmukh,Ruchi K. Humane*

Volume : 8

Issue : 2

Online ISSN : 2348-7682

Print ISSN : 2249-8176

Article First Page : 59

Article End Page : 65


Joint hypermobility is a common condition among infants and young children. Several complications like joint pain, instability, dislocation, frequent ligament injuries are commonly associated in children with joint hypermobility. Due to these complications, children may show poor control of pain, disruption of normal life, schooling as well as physical activities. Till date, very few studies evaluated school age children for joint hypermobility but no study present in central India, hence this study is proposed. Children of age 6 to 12 years (n=3019, males = 1650, females = 1369) were disintegrated into two groups: Generalized Joint Hypermobility (n= 523, males = 15.27%, females = 19.79%) and selective joint hypermobility (n= 975, males = 31.75%, females= 32.94%) according to Beighton’s criteria. Karl Pearson’s product moment was used to evaluate correlation between hypermobility, physical activity and PAQ-C was established. Step wise regression was used to calculate correlation of anthropometric data and joint hypermobility with PAQ-C. The r value -0.16 and p value = 0.0001 showed that there was high significant, negative poor correlation between joint hypermobility and physical activity in age group of 6-12 years. This study concluded that children with selective joint hypermobility showed higher physical activity level as compared to children with generalized joint hypermobility as well as children with joint hypermobility showed moderate correlation with physical activity.

Keywords: Joint hypermobility, Generalized joint hypermobility, Selective joint hypermobility, Physical activity, Children 6-12 years, Correlation.

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